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Missio Dei Uptown

Our Story

We desire for Missio Dei Uptown to be a community that redefines the image of church in our context. After Jesus rose from the dead, He left a community of believers where God’s power was constantly on display. These people loved their neighbors radically and shared their lives with one another. They told of their struggles and failures openly, served one another, gave freely, and lived courageously. People from all over came together to worship Jesus and offer the world a vision of life so beautiful that many would leave everything to follow Jesus. We too believe that Jesus is life. Jesus offers a life of grace, forgiveness, freedom, joy, and community that we hope define our church. We are a church where everyone is welcome and where the good news of Jesus is transforming our lives. This belief leads us to the broken places, engaging people with this new life and boldly proclaiming the love of Jesus that stands above everything else.

Our church began in February, 2014 with a just a couple dozen people. Though we have learned so much during these past couple years, our vision hasn’t changed. It is to join God in the renewal of Uptown! We desire to be a multicultural church where people from any background, age, gender, and race can participate in a reconciling community of faith. Our vision is to see the renewal break through all across the neighborhood and currently have focused our efforts up and down Lawrence Avenue.

We would love for you to join us!

Our Vision & Mission

Joining GOD as HE makes all things new by making disciples of JESUS neighborhood by neighborhood.

Our Values

Renewal

We experience God's restorative power flowing into and mending the broken and hurting places, and we join the stream of this grand renewal project by making known the all encompassing love of Jesus in our neighborhood and city.

Honor

We affirm that every single person has immeasurable value because they are made in the image of God. Yet we live in a world where so many have their inherent dignity questioned and marred, often as a result of systemic injustices. In response, we will be a community of hope and action - seeking friendship and unity as we become reconcilers and advocates until all people in Chicago flourish.

Freedom

We are liberated through the person and work of Jesus to unceasingly experience the Spirit's transformative power and presence, and as a distinct people marked by this freedom, we delight to behold and encounter the face of God as the Kingdom breaks in among us.

A Denouncement of White Supremacy

We are mourning the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and George Floyd and on and on and on. Our nation is in turmoil, wracked with grief and fury, wounded by hatred and fear. There is so much to say and even more to do.

Staff

Dave Van Winkle

Pastor

Brandon Blessman

Director of Worship

Elijah Olige

Pastoral Resident

Pastors

Jenny Jones

Pastor

Chris White

Pastor

Luke Chitwood

Pastor

Leaders

Sam Amis

Leader

Melissa Clay

Leader

Kali Eckert

Leader

Tye Eckert

Leader

Sara VanWinkle

Leader

Melanie Neumeier

Leader

Mallori Bontrager

Leader

Carolyn Marcotte

Leader

Matt Champanhet

Leader

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