New Associate Regional Minister for Children, Youth and Young Adults.
Eli is a brilliant young man. He is currently working on his PhD with Claremont School of Theology in Religious Ethics. He has a BS in Computer Science from University of Illinois, Chicago; an MDiv from Vanderbilt Theological Seminary; and an MA in Ethics from Iliff Seminary. He is an ordained Disciple Minister.
Eli came to the Disciples in his younger adult years. He tells a story of walking across the campus at UIC, and watching people sharing faith in an aggressive and confrontive manner, and thinking their must be a better, more respectful way. His home congregation, Iglesia del Pueblo—now Hope Church in Hammond, IN formed him. In a Young Adult class, he was invited into a conversation about faith. He was asked for the first time what he thought. It was an opening, welcoming, encouraging experience—respectful of who he was and is.
While in seminary he served as a Youth Ministry Intern. He led Young Adult Ministry for our denominations North American Pacific Asian Disciples (NAPAD) congregations.
Most recently he has been Director of Program and Technology for Higher Education Leadership Ministry (HELM) for the Disciples, working with technology and Young adults. Eli has connections across the life of the church that will be an asset as he serves CCIW. Those connections bring with them a lot of love and respect.
By the way, multi-cultural is in his DNA. His mother is Korean. His father is Puerto Rican. Eli is bilingual Spanish/English.
Eli is creative, computer savvy, ethical and artistic. If he doesn’t already know how to do something, he will figure it out.