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.


Nancy Bartell grew up in the Lake Zurich area and graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with a Master of Divinity Degree. Her studies focused on the imago dei and how our image of God informs racial justice issues. She has over 15 years of youth ministry experience as both a lay leader and staff member in local churches. 

Nancy is the first openly gay student to graduate from TEDS and she continues to be in dialogue with members of that community as well as future pastors being trained there regarding the LGBTQ Community and their inclusion in the church. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Reformation Project which is a Bible-based, Christian grassroots organization that works to promote inclusion of LGBTQ people by reforming church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity; envisioning a global church that fully affirms LGBTQ people. She is an avid Cubs fan and loves the beach. 



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.