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.


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 was an active member of Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie for 30 years and now Beth Emet, the Free Synagogue, including serving on the Temple board for 25 years.  She has been married for over 38 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.







Director of Family Ministries
March 2019

Reports to: Pastor and Staff-Parish Relations Committee
Status: Part-time; # hours dependent on qualifications and experience

Position Summary
Be part of a vital ministry with and outreach to children and families. Working in partnership with lay-led team and Pastor to guide and direct Sunday morning and evening age-directed learning groups and multi-generation worship and celebration activities; as well as other weekly learning gatherings and social events for children, youth, and their families. We are searching for a creative person with a passion for forming faith in new ways for a new time of building and being church community.

Essential Functions
Model the gift of faith in Christ and a passion for persons of all ages to experience and nurture their own faith.

Support families in parenting and nurturing their faith formation through learning opportunities, service experiences, and multi-generational worship and celebration events, including (but not limited to): Sunday morning age-appropriate learning; worship and learning events, hands-on service events; events in collaboration with other community agencies and/or area churches.

Build up the church community by integrating and advocating for the full inclusion of all children and youth into the life of Northbrook UMC by celebrating milestones in their faith and life journey; building mentoring relationships with other adults in the church.

Help the church create and develop a culture of invitation, welcome, and belonging in the community.

Implement the Safe Sanctuary Policy in all activities of Northbrook UMC.

Oversee the church resources designated for family ministries.

Use social media to communicate with families and their children and youth.

Minimum Qualifications
Faith in God through Christ. Some experience working with youth and children (paid or volunteer). Pass background check and sign Child Protection Policy. At least 23 years old. Team player, self-starter, creative, open to all persons, organized, with an ability to communicate effectively.

Send resume to Reverend Sherrie Lowly at sherrie@northbrookumc.org
or NUMC, 1190 Western Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062