Rev.Rev. Jacki Belile, Minister of Congregational Development Jacki Belile

Jacki joined the Eden staff in the summer of 2014 after falling in love with the congregation during a consulting project earlier in the year. A native of North Dakota, she has lived in Chicago with her partner Carla since 1990. Jacki brings a deep love for the local church, a natural respect for small churches, and an enthusiasm about the spiritual practices of being community. A recent favorite quote is “One of the soul’s greatest longings is for a sense of rootedness” (Simone Weil). She is convinced that people today hunger for the experiences of belonging and roots which the local church can provide… if it faithfully lives out Christ’s grace for today’s needs. At Eden, she is leading the way in discerning new neighborhood relationships, outreach ministries and adult spiritual education. Ordained in the American Baptist Churches – USA, she is a certified life coach and author of the forthcoming book Forgive for Life: Finding the Way Forward.

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We’re also grateful for these important team members:

Ms. Ellen Grafner, Organist
Ms. Cheryl Musto, Church Secretary
Ms. Jan Rizzo, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Mr. Larry Pavia, Building Host