Senior Pastor & Founder of GCFC
7230 Quivira Road Shawnee, KS 66216
Pastor Phil Ellsworth is the founding pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Shawnee, Kansas. He has been leading that church for over 30 years. He has completed eight years of post-high school education including a B.A. in Business Administration (Fort Hays State University), Bible School (RHEMA Bible Training Center), and a Master’s Degree in Arts and Religion (Liberty University). He has 15 hours of Doctorate courses behind him. Pastor Ellsworth has been ordained through of World Ministry Fellowship since 1982 and currently serves that organization on the Executive Board of the ministry. Before the pulpit ministry he had successful management experience in the business world. He has been involved in Christian ministry and leadership for over 40 years. Before starting GCFC he was part of several Lay Witness Teams in Kansas and Nebraska, a Sunday School Teacher, organized retreats and rallies, was a Youth Leader, a Youth Choir Director, and led various Bible Studies and Prayer Groups in his high school, college, and church. Pastor Phil’s vision for GCFC is based on a heartfelt conviction that a church was designed to be a family – a family where faith is built, challenges are met and Christian character is lived, not just talked about.
Jan Ellsworth, Pastor Phil’s wife of 40 years, is God’s gift to him. She is a gifted teacher and loves sharing God’s word. She home-schooled each of their children in the middle school years. Jan taught at Grace Christian Academy for nine years as well and is currently leading the Women’s Bible Study Small Group.
Their children are:
Heather, a graduate of Oral Roberts University (Teaching), lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, David Lucas (Kansas University – Marketing). Both are active in their home church and in small groups. David and Heather founded DH marketing to serve the branding, identity, and survey needs of colleges, universities, Christian ministries, and Evangelistic organizations.
Amanda, a graduate of Evangel University (Accounting), lives in Worcester, MA with her husband, Nathan Johnson (Evangel University – Biology). Nathan is a Graduate Student in Bio-informatics at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Amanda is an accountant (CPA) for a private business. Both are active in their church and host a small group in their home.
Jared, a graduate of Kansas State University (Kinesiology), is a graduate of the Assembly of God Theological Seminary (Springfield, MO). He loves to worship (has led worship, played in several worship teams, and written songs), study the Bible, and he is currently serving as the Youth Pastor at First Assembly of God in Jefferson City, MO.