Our Staff


  • Jose Gonzalez, Lead Pastor

    Jose was raised in Chicago. Before coming to Northbrook Covenant Church, he served on the leadership team of a Vineyard satellite campus, an athletic chaplain for the North Park University Men's Soccer team, a retail manager, and a stay-at-home dad. He is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity. He and his wife live in Northbrook with their son where they enjoy following Chicago and University of Illinois sports. 

    Contact Jose: joseg.northbrookcov@gmail.com

  • THOMAS CELLILLI, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRIES

    Thomas was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He came out to Chicago in college where he attended North Park University and received his BA in Biblical and Theological Studies. He loved the Chicagoland area so much that he and his wife officially moved to Chicago after they got married in 2017.  He is a die-hard New York Yankees fan, an avid coffee-drinker, and a constant student of theology and God's Word.  Thomas is currently in a Master of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield where he lives with his wife, Shelby.

    Contact Thomas: youth.northbrookcov@gmail.com

  • Shelby CelliLli, Director of Music Ministries

    Shelby was born in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, moved to a small town in rural Iowa where she was raised, and returned to the Chicagoland area in her college years to study at Moody Bible Institute.  During her college years, she met and married her "summer camp sweetheart," Thomas. Her love of music and worship began from a young age and flourished in high school through worship teams, choirs, and musical ensembles.  Shelby loves to travel and had the wonderful opportunity to tour Europe with her college choir. In her free time, she enjoys photography, painting, gardening and doing DIY projects.

    Contact Shelby: music.northbrookcov@gmail.com

  • kathleen Heller, Office Manager

    Kathleen was born and raised in the Chicago area. She received her BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, majoring in Biology and minoring in History and Music.  After graduating and returning to the Chicago area, Kathleen met and married  her husband, Jeff. They have 2 daughters that Kathleen stayed at home to raise.  Kathleen is excited to be back in the work environment as the Office Manager at Northbrook Covenant. In her free time, she enjoys singing in her church choir, playing the flute, reading books, and enjoying the outdoors. 

    Contact Kathleen: northbrook.covenant@gmail.com

  • Melissa O'hara, Children Ministries coordinator

    Contact Melissa: moharanbcc@gmail.com