Pastors & Staff

Alli Baker, Full Time Co-Pastor. Since 2011 Pastor Alli has served as the Youth & Young Adults Pastor, Director of Faith Education, and now as the full-time co-pastor with a focus on youth & families, community building, and neighborhood outreach. Alli works primarily with youth (ages 12-24) in the church, as well as, those who access services at the Broadway Youth Center. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2013 and her B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2008. Most of her theological work invites queer/queering interpretations of the Bible, as well as, creative reimaginings of the Christian tradition with young people. You can follow some of this on her blog: Real Talk Theology.

Keith Scott, Part Time Interim Co-Pastor. Keith is an ordained minister with the UCC and currently serves as the Minister for Youth and Young Adults with All About Jesus UCC Ministries, a new church start in the Eastern Association of the Illinois Conference of the UCC. Keith also is currently the Moderator for the Chicago Metropolitan Association (CMA) of the Illinois Conference of the UCC. Before answering God’s call to serve part time at Wellington Avenue UCC, Keith served for two years as an Associate Minister and the Director of Youth Ministry at Church of the Good Shepherd, a historical African-American congregation on the south side of Chicago. In addition to serving the wider church as Moderator for CMA, Keith serves on the Illinois Conference, Conference Council and Conference Executive Committee, and serves as a member of the Illinois Conference Angola Partnership.

John Volkening, Minister of Liturgy and Art. 

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Chris Inserra, Music Director. Chris Inserra has served as the music director at Wellington since the fall of 2009 when Wellington invited her to lead the choir because of her vast and varied musical background both inside and outside of churches. Chris’ unique blend of musical talent and political activism bring vibrancy not only to our worship but to many aspects of our collective journey of faith in action. Her decades of experience as a music teacher and educator, leader of the political folk group, VOICES, and organization with local, national and international social justice organizations provides her with ample resources to share music as one form of prayer and inspiration for hopeful change. Her song and her faith fuel her own activism through music. Chris continues to expand and diversify the repertoire of the choir including collaborating with the Faith Education program and developing musical voices with our children.

Debbie Southorn, Pianist. Debbie grew up in Portland, OR where she accompanied choirs, church services, and ensembles for more than 8 years. She moved to Chicago in 2010, after receiving a BA in Music from Willamette University.  She is a program associate with the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, where she advocates against militarism and state violence.

11127661_821406001277934_6152711295323313546_nSerena Elvery, Audio/Visual Coordinator. Serena is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Her main hobbies are reading and writing.

Jaleel Kameron Carter Thompson, Nursery Childcare Provider. Jaleel was born and raised in Chicago. He is the co-founder of The Re-Imagine Project (T.R.i.P.) and was recently named one of the 2016 True Colors Fund “40 of the Forty” list for his leadership and community advocacy. He is a student at Kennedy King College.  Jaleel came to Wellington as a Nursery Child Care Provider and is currently the Sunday school teacher.

Ashley Clark, Art for Joy Instructor. More info coming soon!
Kathy Engert, Office Administrator. Kathy came to Wellington in 2008 after serving as a Building Manager of an 80 unit Condominium Association.  In her free time she knits, reads, manages a weekly soup kitchen at Epiphany UCC . Her favorite pastime is her grandson Jacob.