Rev. Dr. Derrick b. Wells, Senior Minister – The Reverend Dr. Johnnie Colemon, often referred to as the First Lady of the New Thought Christian Community, founded Christ Universal Temple, a thriving, spirited, and progressive New Thought Church in 1956. In 1974, she established an international organization of affiliated New Thought churches and study groups called the Universal foundation for Better Living. Rev. Colemon, celebrated fifty years of building and teaching in 2006, the year she retired as the Senior Minister of Christ Universal Temple. During her tenure, she built five structures to spread the “Better Living” teachings, including three churches and two institutions of learning (Johnnie Colemon Institute and Johnnie Colemon Academy). She also constructed a luxury banquet hall and restaurant service. When the congregation outgrew the first church, Rev. Colemon designed the current Christ Universal Temple, located on the 100 acre campus at 119th Street and Ashland Avenue in Chicago.
Formally, established in 1996, the vision behind Covenant United Church of Christ was first conceived in 1995 when the former Thornridge UCC closed it s doors. Having dwindled to eight members, the church held its final services Easter Sunday morning with the hopes that another congregation who could better serve the needs of the South Holland and surrounding communities.
With this in mind the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ set out to fill this void with a new church that would be intentionally Afrocentric, but it was to the soon to be pastor, Rev. Ozzie E. Smith, Jr. that God made this vision clear.
Pastor T.L. Barrett Jr. – Social Responsibility – Economic Development – Youth for Christ Choir
Living Word Christian Center is a Word of Faith, non-denominational, full gospel church. Our mission is reaching and harvesting lost souls for Christ and teaching the Body of Christ how to effectively apply God’s principles to have victory in every area of life. Living Word is committed to empowering every believer to reach their highest calling in God and to change this world through Jesus Christ.
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The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ. Pastor Moss is one of the new generation of ministers committed to prophetically preaching the message that love and justice are inseparable companions which form the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. – Akiba Bookstore
” 2016 – The Year of Progress” – Vernon Park Church of God is committed to loving God, loving others and serving others! – Minister with Purpose – Manage for Results – Empower Our People – Act with Complete Integrity –
Andrew D. Singleton, Jr. is a devoted family man, a servant of God, and he loves and ministers to the people of God. Senior Pastor Singleton was saved in 1978 at the Apostolic Church of God (ACOG) in Chicago under the leadership of the late Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, whose son Dr. Byron T. Brazier is now pastor and carrying out his father’s legacy.
Pastor Singleton was ordained in 1989 and later felt the leading of God to start a church in Chicago’s southern suburbs. In obedience to that call, Victory Apostolic Church (VAC) was began in August 1996 with 12 members.
The church experienced such enormous growth in Chicago Heights, IL, that in February 2009 they were able to move to their current location, a 20 million dollar, 2500 seat sanctuary in Matteson, IL. In 19 years, God has blessed Victory to grow to several thousand members with over 60 ministries.
The Westside Ministers Coalition of Chicago & Vicinity Inc. is an organization whose mission is to provide services that will initiate self help efforts to improve the Austin community of Chicago in areas of housing, public safety, clergy involvement, education, health, energy, conservation, community, youth & economic development, to work in cooperation with other organizations sharing similar values in accomplishing our goals.