Girl with the Arrow
Johns (November 2001)
Kianu Alumna, Presbyterian Minister- Class of 1997
would like to nominate Rev. Mary Eleanor (Ellie)
Johns-'97 for the Girl With the Arrrow.
Ellie is a wonderful example of the highest ideals of womanhood and the true
Christian Spirit. Thus, she is well deserving of the Girl With The Arrow accolade.
Rev. Ellie is now an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. What an accomplishment
for a woman! She is currently working at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as
an assistant director of the Summer Youth Institute and as an admission's representative.
Ellie and I crossed paths for the first time in the summer of 1998 at the
New Wilmington Missionary Conference, New Wilmington, PA. Ellie served as
a High School Girl's Counselor. Although she wasn't my counselor, she was
an excellent asset to the counseling staff. During the next summer, I had
the wonderful opportunity to get to know Ellie even more. We were both at
the Pittsburgh International Airport awaiting our flight to Fort Worth, Texas
for the General Assembly Meeting of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. (the Presbyterian
Church's huge annual meeting). She formally introduced herself to me at the
airport for the first time. We hit it off from the very beginning. During
our long week in Texas, we enjoyed each other's company and began our friendship.
For the next couple summers, we spent one week together at the New Wilmington
Missionary Conference. Ellie was so happy that I had choosen to attend Muskingum
College after high school.
By attending Muskingum, our friendship has grown stronger. But what has brought
us even closer is that now I am a Kianu. Not only are we friends, but now
I consider us sisters through this incredible thing called Kianu. Ellie reflects
what it means to be a Kianu Sister everyday. She is thoughtful, helpful, considerate,
passionate, faithful, and just beautiful. I admire Ellie in so many ways.
One such way is the fact that she is a minister. I, too, feel called into
the ministry as a Presbyterian Minister like her. Throughout pledging, Ellie
was my lifeline. Whenever I needed advice or just encouragement, Ellie was
available to offer it. When we visit each other, we seem to talk for hours.
Now that we share this Kianu experience, I feel even closer to her than ever
before. Rev. Ellie Johns is very deserving of this honor. First, she has entered
a career that few people (let alone women) choose to do. Second, she has always
remained true to herself. Third and finally, she is someone whom I admire.
Ellie continues to make a mark upon this world, Kianu, and me. Ellie is the
Girl With The Arrow.
Jessica McClure '04
If you would like to nominate someone for this honor (active or alumna),
please e-mail ruthsaraconnell(at)gmail(dot)com with your selection. Changes are
made as nominations are received.
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Last Update: November 2001