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Christ Church Chicago is a home where the faithful proclamation of God’s Word will reside. We are a place where anyone can discover that Jesus Christ can be known. We are a people who are growing together in grace and training for godliness. We are a family desiring to take the name of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

 

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By God’s grace, Christ Church Chicago has been thriving on Chicago’s south side for 22 years. Originally planted in 1998 as Holy Trinity Church, the founding congregation in Hyde Park grew to become four assemblies in strategic neighborhoods of Chicago. Through subsidiary organizations the church has helped launch 27 additional churches.

On May 3, 2020, the church embarked on the next phase of gospel growth and maturity. Moving out from the Holy Trinity Church umbrella, the south side congregation was founded anew as Christ Church Chicago, exactly 22 years to the day after its first commissioning as a church. This commences an exciting season of multiplication and new beginnings both as a people and a place. With a church building in Woodlawn being renovated, the church family anticipates expanded opportunity for growth and ministry in the years ahead.

 

 

In-person service at 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave. at 9:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. (undergrad service). Limited seating. Registration required. Registration for 10/25 will be open on Wednesday at 9 a.m., click below.

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Staff

Andrea Bryant
Girls' Youth Ministry Associate
Andrea Bryant
Girls' Youth Ministry Associate

Andrea has been a part of our team since August of 2019. She believes it’s a wonderful privilege to be able to pour into the lives of youth and hopes to encourage students to love the Lord and to live joyfully. She is a Chicago native and a graduate of Emory College, where she studied biology and spent a short time in campus ministry. Currently, Andrea is working toward her doctorate in Physics at the University of Chicago, specializing in astrophysics.

Tim Haumersen
Music Coordinator
David Helm
Senior Pastor
David Helm
Senior Pastor

Dave considers it an immense privilege to be a member of this church family. Previously he served on the pastoral team of Holy Trinity Church for 22 years. And prior to that, as a pastor at College Church in Wheaton for a decade. Pastor Helm’s ministry is rooted in his love for Jesus and God’s Word. He chairs the board of the Charles Simeon Trust, an organization committed to equip others to teach the Bible. His writings include The Big Picture Story Bible, One to One Bible Reading, A Conversation with Jesus, and Expositional Preaching. Dave and his wife, Lisa, enjoy spending time with their children: Noah (Julie), Joanna Panner (Ben); Baxter (Kelsie), Silas, and Mariah, and five grandchildren. At the end of the day, you’ll find Pastor Helm in conversation around the dinner table or on his screened in porch.

Bondon Kawamoto
University Ministry Worker
Bondon Kawamoto
University Ministry Worker

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Bondon studied economics and Japanese at Portland State University. He received his M.Div. from Western Seminary and most recently served bi-vocationally among youth at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, and as an Assistant Project Manager at a small construction company. In his free time he enjoys wake-surfing in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and cheering on the Portland Trail Blazers. Bondon, being Japanese-American, has a heart for the nation of Japan and would love to spend time there in the future building up the indigenous church. Bondon is also a part-time student of the Chicago Course on Preaching where he hopes to sharpen his preaching skills.

Amy Koehler
Children's Ministry Director
Amy Koehler
Children's Ministry Director

Amy oversees the programming, training, and curriculum for our children. Before starting this role in August 2019, Amy worked as a librarian for 13 years at Moody Bible Institute and as a Resident Head in College Housing at the University of Chicago. Amy met her husband Dan in graduate school at the University of Chicago. They currently live in Hyde Park with their four sons, all of whom enjoy telling bad jokes, taking walks, going to visit family (especially at the beach), and reading.

Marjorie Meeks
University Ministry Worker
Marjorie Meeks
University Ministry Worker

Marjorie resides in Woodlawn with her husband, Jeremy and their two teenage children, Jake and Alexis. In addition to being a University Ministry Worker, she is a part-time student with the Chicago Course on Preaching and serves on the board of Radstock Ministries, a church planting network. Prior to Chicago, she and her husband were church planters in Nashville, TN, and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Bing Nieh
Assistant Pastor, University and Missional Ministries
Bing Nieh
Assistant Pastor, University and Missional Ministries

Bing was brought up in a Chinese immigrant church and grew up in Silicon Valley. After working a few years as an electrical engineer he transitioned into pastoral ministry. He was brought to Chicagoland to pursue his theological education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Married to Christy, they have the joy and privilege of raising four children. 

Milton Taylor
Co-Director of Youth
Milton Taylor
Co-Director of Youth

Milton was born and raised in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago. Known also as the recording artist “Thre,” he is an active contributor to Christian hip hop. Milton is also a part-time student in the Chicago Course on Preaching. He is both a husband and father with a particular burden to engage and serve the local community. Milton desires to be a catalyst and conduit of change in the lives of youth. 

 

Jeremy White
Co-Director of Youth
Jeremy White
Co-Director of Youth

After graduating with a film degree from Belmont University in May of 2019, Jeremy felt compelled to return to Chicago. He has resettled back into the congregation he grew up in as a young child. Along with serving our youth he is enrolled part-time in the Chicago Course on Preaching. He currently resides in Hyde Park, working, studying, and creating as much as possible for the Kingdom of God.

 

Amanda Zagnoli
Communication and Administration Coordinator
Amanda Zagnoli
Communication and Administration Coordinator

Prior to joining our team in 2016, Amanda amassed seven years of publishing experience. She met her husband Charlie while attending Wheaton College. They live in North Kenwood and are raising three rambunctious boys.  She manages all things related to congregational communication and events. 

Values

Centrality of the Bible.

Power of the Gospel.

Supremacy of Christ.

Significance of Family.

Life of Mercy.

Richness of Community

Irony of Weakness.

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Centrality of the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. The belief in the total authority, veracity, and sufficiency of God’s Word is at the core of our church. Therefore, we value equipping ourselves in God’s Word. We want to know it and be transformed by it. We work hard at listening to it and joyfully submitting our entire lives to it.

Power of the Gospel. The gospel, or good news, is the message of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection for our salvation and God’s glory. We believe that the gospel is God’s power to transform those who believe in Jesus. Therefore, we value sharing the gospel through both word and deed to bear witness to the gospel’s transforming work.  

Supremacy of Christ. We believe that Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth. Jesus is God’s king and he deserves our allegiance and praise. We seek to submit ourselves to his rule and reign. 

Significance of Family. We believe the Bible shows us that family goes beyond blood relations. We belong to a faith family that consists of those pursuing Christ together. Whether young or old, married or single, parents or without children, we believe we are enriched by each individual, regardless of relationship status. 

Life of Mercy. Because we have experienced God’s mercy, we desire to extend God’s mercy to others, particularly those in need. We want to see the love of Jesus extended to our neighbors by offering physical, emotional, and spiritual relief to those around us. 

Richness of Community.  Our community is brought together by the reconciling work of Jesus Christ. This enables us to value diversity. We believe that racial, cultural, and socio-economic diversity strengthens, enhances, and enriches our faith community.  

Irony of Weakness. While common thinking places a high value on strength, our church is learning to live in weakness. Why? Because when we are weak, we are actually strong. You may call it the irony of weakness. God is drawn to humble and reliant people, so we value prayer and dependency on the Holy Spirit rather than self-dependency.

Statement of Beliefs

Christ Church Chicago subscribes to the historic Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) as our doctrinal statement. We are governed by a Constitution, also called the Book of Church Order. It is, in part, based on the Presbyterian Church in America Book of Church Order.