Our Staff

Sherrie Lowly has served as Pastor since summer 2017.  Before becoming ordained in the United Methodist Church, Pastor Sherrie practiced counseling/therapy for seven years after receiving a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University, Chicago. When she opened up a counseling office at Holy Covenant UMC in Chicago, Sherrie began engaging in more pastoral duties, discerned her call to local church ministry, and entered Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1995. Rev. Sherrie Lowly has been an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church for almost twenty years. Her first appointment was to First UMC of Galena, Illinois. After four years in Galena, Pastor Sherrie was appointed to Berry Memorial UMC on the north side of the city of Chicago. After serving for ten years at Berry UMC as Lead Pastor she was then appointed to Bethany UMC in Itasca, IL, serving as pastor there from 2012 to 2016. Most recently Pastor Sherrie had been interim pastor at Living Faith UMC in Waukegan while continuing with her family to live in Itasca. Sherrie loves preaching and teaching, building up a church community of strong relationships, and engaging in the church’s social justice ministries–being the hands and feet of Christ in the world.

Pastor Sherrie is married to Tim Lowly, an artist, musician and professor of art at North Park University. Tim and Sherrie met in an intentional Christian Community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They share their home with their thirty-two-year-old daughter Temma, who lives with severe and profound disabilities, along with Temma’s caregiver and family member by choice, Ellen Herbert. Sherrie loves reading all types of books, writing, walking outdoors, travel, and taking in film, music, and visual art. Having grown up in Michigan, being by Lake Michigan is one of Sherrie’s favorite places to rest and renew.


Ellen Gotelli is a first year Master of Divinity student at Garrett Evangelical Theological seminary, and just graduated from Hendrix College in Arkansas. She is a lover of coffee, dogs, long distance running, kickball, Cacti, and Texas–her home state. Ellen is proud to serve a reconciling congregation, and feels passionately called to ministry with young people and their families. Prior to coming to Northbrook, she served as the Youth Associate for First United Methodist Church Conway, and with Americorps, as a programming director for students pre-K to 12th grade in summer literacy programs. Ellen is excited to meet our congregation, and join our church in. She encourages any parents or youth to reach out to her at ellen@northbrookumc.org to ask any questions, or make an appointment to come and meet her in person during her office hours on Thursdays from 9AM-2PM.







mijinsmallerWhat happens when a deep faith in God and a love for music combine?  One answer is Mijin Kim, NUMC’s organist.  Mijin has a Master’s in Music from Northern Illinois University.  When she’s not practicing or working with the NUMC choirs, she gives private piano and voice lessons.






Shirley-Mosteller-200x300Shirley Mosteller is NUMC’s Music Director.  Previously she was Director of Music Ministry at Centenary UMC in Metuchen, NJ.  Shirley holds music degrees from the University of Delaware and Catholic University of America as well as a certificate from the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.  She sang opera professionally for many years, but now concentrates on teaching.

An East-coaster, Shirley moved to Glenview in 2010 when her husband, Steve, became Music Director of DePaul’s Opera Program.  They have a daughter, Laura, and dog, Piper.  Shirley now shares her love of music with students at GBS and DePaul University.  She also enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading and reading.



Helayne Levin has served as Northbrook UMC’s administrative assistant since January, 2014.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in social work and has experience working in many different fields. She is an active member of Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie including serving on the Temple board for 25 years.  She has been married for over 37 years to Mark and is the proud mother of two adult children and one son-in-law. Helayne enjoys “crafting” and has done eight 39.3 mile weekend walks in six years to raise funds to battle breast cancer.





Sunday morning Child Care in our Nursery room.  You must be 18 years or older and able to pass a background check.
1 1/2 hours (9:15 am to 11:15 am) every Sunday.  $25 per week.  Please send resume to office@northbrookumc.org
or call the church office at 847-272-2442.