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Members of the Northwest church gather for a group photo outside the building in a residential neighborhood filled with Chicago-style bungalows. – PHOTO COURTESY OF ZUNO PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDIO

Northwest Church of Christ, Chicago

LOCATION: Mayfair neighborhood on North Side of Chicago.
WEB SITE: www.northwestchurchofchristchicago.com
PEOPLE: About 150 members worship in English, Spanish and Korean.
MINISTRY STAFF: Patrick Odum, Carlos Estrada and Paul Chae.
LEADERSHIP: Elders Alan Bain and Darrell Hutchens. Deacons Dan Allen, Rene Torres Jr. and Greg Watson.

MINISTRIES: Weekly food pantry distribution. Sunday worship at two nursing homes. Inspiration Cafe food preparation for the homeless. Annual hunger walk. Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services. Sunday Knights activities for children.
HISTORY: The congregation was established in 1937 and bought its current building in 1941. Once primarily a church with Southern transplants, it has become much more diverse in recent years, with members of many ethnic and geographic backgrounds.
QUOTES: “Especially not having any family here, they have taken me in as my family,” said Tricia Stroud, an 11-year member who moved to Chicago from Phoenix. “My good friends are here. … I’ve gone through some really difficult times, and they’ve been here for me. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them. I love this church very much.”
“I feel like this church really sticks with the principles of the Bible while being tolerant of other people, and I think that’s really important,” said Briana Watson, 16, daughter of deacon Greg Watson.

Filed under: Churches That Work Staff Reports

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