Gina Ellis


Gina started with First United Methodist in the summer of 2013 as the church custodian and went on to become the Director of Children’s Programs in the summer of 2017. She presents the Children’s Moment in both the Contemporary and the Traditional Worship Services, teaches Delighting in God Bible Club to children in Kindergarten through 5th grades, and heads up Kids Quest at Otterbein United Methodist, a sister church in Bluford, Illinois.  In 2019, the director of Sonshine School, the church’s preschool program, resigned and Gina has volunteered to cover that position until the church is able to find another director. 

Both Gina and her husband, Jerry, are passionate about those in need. Gina is a phenomenal cook, a skill she uses to raise funds for mission trips to Haiti. In the summer of 2018, Gina attended Licensing School and is now a Licensed Local pastor, appointed to both Mount Vernon First United Methodist and Blufford Otterbein UMC.  Gina and Jerry are the parents of eight and grandparents to eleven, soon to be twelve, grandchildren.