About Elle

Pastor Elle blesses people during worship. She is a white woman with long brown hair. She is wearing a white tulle skirt and a black clergy shirt with black heels.

Elle Dowd (she/her/hers) is a bi-furious recent graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Elle has pieces of her heart in Sierra Leone, where her two children were born, and in St. Louis where she learned from the radical, queer, Black leadership during the Ferguson Uprising

She was formerly a co-conspirator with the movement to #decolonizeLutheranism and currently works as a community organizer with the Faith and Justice Collective and SOUL, writes regularly for the Disrupt Worship Project, and facilitates workshops on gender and sexuality and the Church in both secular conferences and Christian spaces. She is currently working on a book with Broadleaf to be released summer of 2021.

Elle has interests in queer and feminist Biblical interpretation and liberation and body theology. 

Elle loves spending time with the people she loves and on weekends, she tours the city of Chicago in search of the best brunch.