Ellie became a Christian at a summer camp when she was fifteen years old. She was brought up in Carlisle, which was fine, but by the time she finished school she was pretty keen to see something new, and decided to head north across the border into Scotland.
She worked for a church on the west coast for a year, then spent four wonderful years at Scotland's first (and prettiest) university, the University of St Andrews, where she studied theology, worked part-time as a youth worker at a local church and loved being involved in the CU. She spent lots of time going to balls, walking on the beach and learning to ceilidh, and a decent amount of time in the library too.
After graduating she spent a year doing 'Relay' in Glasgow and Stirling, where she learnt more about Jesus and grace and got more excited about student work, which led to her deciding to spend a year working with the IFES movement in South Africa. Living in Johannesburg was often quite scary but mostly just fun and exciting, and another great year of seeing God at work, providing and protecting and bringing people to him.
Ellie's thrilled to be working with students in Newcastle and Durham. She loves encouraging students to learn more about Jesus, she loves getting people excited about evangelism, and she loves the fact that she gets to do all of that in the wonderful north!
Other than being excited by the gospel, Ellie enjoys dancing and reading and is obsessed with tea and knitting.