From Pastor Ellen Arthur

Our mission is to invite all people to know Jesus, grow through the power of the Holy Spirit, and go forward to serve all God’s children.

Reverend Ellen Arthur

Chicago (Logan Square) is my neighborhood and First Lutheran Church of Logan Square is my home church. I was confirmed there in 1964 and much later served on the Council as the Church Secretary and Janitor. Funerals for my parents and baptisms for our children were all held here. 

I have a BA degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MDiv degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
I’ve served on the Board of Directors for Prince of Peace Lutheran School, the Division for Church in Society of the ELCA, Open Arms Mission in Antioch, South Loop Campus Ministry in Chicago, Metro Chicago Synod Council and Antioch Area Healthcare Access Alliance. 

I was ordained into the Ministry of the Word and Sacrament of the ELCA on June 10, 1990 and have served parishes in Eastern North Dakota and Metro Chicago Synods since then. 

In any spare time I might have, I enjoy reading, being outdoors and caring for any and all stray animals. 

Charles and I have been married for almost 42 years (January 1976). We are the parents of 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

To God be the glory.

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My Personal Interests

I believe we all have a call to serve. I encourage you to look into these and other opportunities to work with Lutheran organizations.

Please click the link below to view the ELCA Advocacy blog and join with me and those who are called to serve those who are suffering and afflicted and hopeless.

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Diakonia is a two-year process of spiritual formation and theological education for baptized members of the ELCA or anyone wishing in good faith to study these teachings.

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