About Ellen Gardner
Ellen is the leader of Shine On, a ministry of the Tim Tebow Foundation. Shine On equips communities and families experiencing disability with innovative resources to eliminate barriers and cultivate belonging through the global Church.
Ellen is the proud wife to husband, Mitch, and mom of five. Prior to working at TTF, Ellen was the founding director of a church disability community in Northeast Florida. Ellen has also become an advocate for community-based group homes for those who require compassionate support to live a meaningful life.
Topic Covered by Ellen
The Banquet is Set and the Invitation is Sent Luke 14: 21-23
With a call on Ellen’s life and a simple “yes” from her senior pastor, belonging was ushered into a small-town church in Northeast Florida for isolated families like her own living with disability.
Through the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ, Ellen and her “village” experienced God move in unexpected ways through a budding disability ministry.
When suddenly her family found themselves in crisis, God used that church community to carry her family through the hardest time of their lives.
The experts offered no hope for her son’s future, the school system was at a loss with how to deal with his behaviors, but Jesus offered belonging and hope. Ellen found that the church is designed to be a safe place for families to experience community and healing through Jesus Christ. Today, she is leading the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Shine On ministry to help grow and equip churches to disciple and extend belonging to families living with disability all over the world.
The free resources found on the Shine On platform educate and train church volunteers and staff to continue to grow as disability-inclusive, Christ-honoring communities. Shine On also provides hope-filled Bible plans, devotionals, online community groups, and more specifically for special needs families.