ELM + P.O. Box 14317 + Chicago, IL 60614-8503
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Meet our Staff
Executive Director – Rev. Amanda Gerken-Nelson (she/her/hers)
Location: Portland, ME
Amanda grew up attending Immanuel Lutheran Church in her hometown of Attleboro, Massachusetts where she first encountered the wonder of faith. After attending Wheaton College (Norton, MA) where she majored in International Relations and German Studies, Amanda worked in development and public relations for a domestic and sexual violence agency in Southeastern Massachusetts. In the fall of 2010, following the 2009 ELCA Churchwide decision to allow openly LGBTQIA+ persons to serve as leaders of the church, Amanda moved across the country to attend Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California (part of the Graduate Theological Union) to follow her call.
On May 31st, 2015 Amanda was ordained into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament and called to serve as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in East Hartford, Connecticut. Amanda joined ELM as the Executive Director in the summer of 2017 having been an active volunteer and a member of Proclaim, the professional community for Lutheran pastors, rostered lay leaders, candidates, and seminarians who publicly identify as LGBTQIA+. Amanda resides in Portland, ME with her dog Cinna.
Program Director – Olivia LaFlamme (they/them/theirs)
Location: Chicago, IL
Associate Director of Development & Communications – Lewis Eggleston (he/him/his)
Location: San Antonio, TX
Vicar Lewis Eggleston is an Air Force spouse currently living in San Antonio, TX with his husband Mitchell and dog-child Carla. He attended seminary at Pacific School of Religion and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA, and he is currently interning with Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Seguin, TX. He’s been an advocate for children’s access to the arts through both museum and symphonic educational programming and has worked with homeless individuals and families for the past ten years. In his free time, he loves to attend musicals whilst fighting every urge to sing-along.
Operations Support – Ivy Ellis (she/her/hers)
Location: Chicago, IL
Biography Coming Soon!