Pastors and Staff
Jim Ellington - Minister of Pastoral Care and Primary Preacher
Pastor Jim Ellington considers himself fortunate to have grown up in the Indian Lake area and takes pride in being a life-long “Lake Rat”. He had the unique opportunity to attend elementary school at both Lakeview and Huntsville Elementary schools, and then moved on to middle school in Lewistown, and graduated from ILHS in 1986.
After several years working in radio as an on-air personality in Bellefontaine, Lima, and Kenton, he went to work for Honda in 1989, where he eventually settled into a career in Human Resources with the company. While he was working for Honda, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management through Bluffton College. He was first active at churches in various roles and eventually felt like he was being called to the ministry. He originally served on the staff of the Indian Lake Community Church as an unpaid volunteer with the ministry team. Then after nearly 20 years with Honda, he left his position as an Assistant Manager in Human Resources and joined the ministry team of ILCC full time in the fall of 2009. He has served in the role of Pastor with primary responsibility for Pastoral Care and sermons. The years since have been the most meaningful and rewarding years of his working career, and he is currently pursuing his Master's degree from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.
Jim is passionate about proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a world in need and ministering to this community to the best of his abilities. He is active in the community working to improve the Indian Lake area and Logan County as a whole. He currently is a member of ILDC, Indian Lake Historical Society, the Mental Health, Drug, and Alcohol Board of Logan and Champaign counties, the Indian Lake Watershed Project Board, The C.O.R.E. project to alleviate opiate abuse in Logan County, the Logan County Transportation Advisory Board, and several other local endeavors aimed at improving the quality of life at Indian Lake and Logan County.
In 1991 he married Charlyn Rumer in the ILCC sanctuary, and they have made their home at Indian Lake. They have two children, Carrie, who is a recent graduate of Ohio State University, and Christopher, who is a sophomore at Ohio University. Their family also includes their dog Hope whom they believe to be the world’s best dog.
Pastor Jim feels he has the best of both worlds, leading traditional worship at ILCC and contemporary worship at the Lighthouse at Indian Lake! He feels both services are wonderful in their own ways and that the Holy Spirit is present and active in both endeavors.
He feels strongly that, “There is nothing better than being engaged in the active spirit-filled worship and ministry and there is no better place to live, serve, and worship than beautiful Indian Lake, Ohio”.