bethany pastors



Vince Amlin grew up in Indiana and Ohio and is a graduate of New York University and the University of Chicago Divinity School.  Ordained in the UCC in 2010, he comes to us most recently from seven years as Associate Pastor of the United Church of Gainesville, Florida. Vince knows the North Side of Chicago well, having managed the Common Pantry at Epiphany UCC and served as an intern and part-time pastor at Holy Covenant United Methodist Church in Lake View while he was a student. Vince is a talented preacher who is part of the UCC’s “Next Generation Leadership Initiative." He also writes devotionals for the UCC’s national website, and loves to sing.  He and his wife Rachelle, a licensed clinical social worker, have a one-year old daughter, Nola.




Rebecca Anderson grew up in small towns in Michigan and Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Hampshire College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Before her call to ministry, she worked as a farmer and gardener, a docent at a Shaker village, in camps and coffee shops, and running an after-school program at a Jewish day school. Ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she also has dual standing in the UCC. She's lived on Chicago's North Side since 2010. She is a senior fellow of the University of Chicago’s “Chicago Commons Project” for developing ministerial leaders. Rebecca is active in the Chicago storytelling scene, performing and hosting at such events as The Moth and This Much is True.


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