Church of the Beloved

Downtown

 

Time & Location

Sundays at 4:00 PM
935 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60610
Mailing Address: Church of the Beloved Downtown 73 W. Monroe St., #418, Chicago, IL 60603



Announcements
Sign Up for a Small Group!

Our 2017-2018 Small Group year is about to launch next week! If you haven't signed up for a small group yet please do so here: bit.ly/smallgroups2017-18

 

No need to sign up again if you already signed up through the Campus Ministry & SG form

Apple Picking at County Line Orchard - Saturday, Sept 23

Join us for a day of apple picking at County Line Orchard where you can sample apple cider donuts, pick a peck of apples, and explore the orchard grounds alongside others from Church of the Beloved. 

 

All are welcome!

 

Date: September 23, 2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: County Line Orchard - 200 S County Line Rd, Hobart, IN 46342

RSVP herebit.ly/COTBapples

 

General Admission $1 | Pay For What You Pick – $1.79/lb.

http://www.countylineorchard.com/

 

Later on we'll be having a baking contest, so bring your pie baking skills and join us as we use what we've picked to create delicious desserts.

Fall Members Retreat Registration

Our annual members retreat will be November 10-12 at  Cedar Lake Retreat Center in Cedar Lake, IN. All covenant members please register here: bit.ly/MembersRetreat2017

 

Deadline to sign up is October 29.

2017 Bible Reading Plan

Happy New Year everyone! Join us as we start 2017 as a church body reading the Word together! Our hope is that every single person will spend quality time reading the Bible daily, discovering the truth and beauty of God's Word.  

 

We are using a year-long Bible reading plan called "Read Scripture" which supplements the reading with amazingly creative videos (produced by the Bible Project) that explain every book of the Bible, major theological themes of the gospel, and tips on how to read the Bible.

 

Starts: Sunday, Jan 1, and goes on throughout the entire year. You can join in anytime! 

 

Download the Bible Reading Plan: Check out readscripture.org or go to your App store (available in Android, iOS, or web version) - search for "Read Scripture" by Crazy Love Ministries 

 

Signup to receive updates & encouragement: bit.ly/readbiblesignup

Ways to Give
  1. Download Church App
  2. Go to bit.ly/cotbpushpay
  3. Text "COTB" to 77977
We exist to see the Gospel transform people into Spirit-filled disciples, who know they are the beloved of God, because of Christ alone.
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 Core Values

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13 ESV)
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Meet Our Staff

DAVID CHOI LEAD PASTOR

Pastor David Choi has ministered in many diverse contexts from Asian churches to multiethnic, inner city churches to overseas missions. Pastor Dave graduated from both Wheaton College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

He has been an active member of the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelization, a global congress of thousands of leaders from almost every country in the world. Pastor Dave participated in the Lausanne Congress in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2010, the most diverse gathering of evangelical leaders in the history of the church. He is an international speaker, having spoken in countries throughout the world. He has also spoken in many top universities like Cornell, the University of Chicago, MIT, Wheaton, and Harvard.

In his spare time, he enjoys being with close friends, rooting for the six time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, and meeting ex NBA players like Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.

GRACE KIM OUTREACH AND MISSIONS DIRECTOR

Grace Kim graduated from Wheaton Graduate School, with a Masters in Evangelism and Leadership. Her pursuits there stemmed from her time in college. During her undergraduate years at Florida State University, God led her to read the book of Hosea for the first time and within the first three chapters God led her to full-time ministry.

Before coming on staff at COTB, Grace worked on developing discipleship in youth and college ministry in various ministries. She then served with Latin America Mission (LAM) as a Missions Coach. Through LAM, she helped pre-missionaries and coached them throughout their process of moving into their mission field in Mexico City.

Grace has seen the beauty of the Gospel transform people in the past four years serving at COTB. This has increased Grace’s desire to advance evangelism, by developing missional opportunities locally, domestically, and internationally. After serving as the Administrative Director at the Downtown campus for the past 3 years, Grace steps into the role of Outreach & Missions Director in January 2017.

In her spare time, she enjoys hosting fellowship gatherings, trying different kinds of recipes, reading popular fiction, and watching Korean variety shows.

LAUREN KEYS CHURCH LIFE DIRECTOR

Lauren Keys graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor's degree in Christian Formation and Ministry and a certificate in Youth Ministry. She has worked in a variety of ministry settings spanning multiple cultural contexts and age groups. Lauren felt led to vocational ministry after discovering the power of God's Word in her own life. After acute experiences with the Bible as living and active during a summer spent in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, an unshakable desire to share this truth with others has shaped her life. She landed at Church of the Beloved in August of 2012 and has since fallen in love with the people of Chicago, and is excited to continue to see the Lord move in this city.

In her free time, Lauren can be found crossing off restaurants on her never-ending Chicago-Must-Eat-List, rooting on the multiple sports teams her husband Jeremy has coaxed her into following, and hosting others in their kitchen with freshly baked treats. Lauren and Jeremy are already taking name recommendations for (distant) future little Key's kids, including but not limited to: Dawn, Cook, or Mon. The combinations with a last name like Keys are countless.

MIKAELA BETTS CHILDREN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR

Mikaela Betts has been a part of the Church of the Beloved since its start in 2012. Since then she has served in various ways in the church, but has found her niche directing Children’s Ministry. Coming to Christ at a young age, she has developed a passion for helping children to know their belovedness and live their callings as disciples of Christ.

Mikaela was born and raised in Oakland California, but she felt a call to the city of Chicago as she came for college at the University of Chicago. She graduated from UChicago with a bachelor's in sociology and public policy and is currently pursuing a masters in teaching at the Urban Teacher Education Program. Mikaela is preparing for a career in teaching and has a passion to see the hope of Christ be brought to Chicago public schools.

In her free time she can be found making food for friends with a big smile on her face or making people laugh in small group.

SUE YI INT'L SERVICE COORDINATOR

Sue Yi was a Chicago Public School teacher and taught 3rd grade for fifteen years. Then in 2013, she went to Thailand as a full time missionary and taught English to underprivileged children for almost three years. Now that she is back in Chicago, God has opened her eyes to this city and it has become her new mission field. She has a heart for the broken and those who are lonely, and she is excited to see what God has in store for the International Service. She feels so blessed to be part of the COTB family and loves how gospel-centered Church of the Beloved is.

Sue is a die-hard Cubs fan and follows all of the Chicago sports teams. She also enjoys going to sporting events and it's on her bucket list to visit every major ballpark in the U.S. She loves traveling, eating, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and getting to know people on a deeper level.

EUGENIA KANG OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Eugenia Kang, a 2nd generation pastor's kid, was born in Chicago, grew up in Florida, and spent the majority of her adult life in New York City. In the Fall of 2014, God led Eugenia and her family back to Chicago and to the Church of the Beloved.

A graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in public relations, Eugenia worked in the internet industry for 9 years before joining the COTB staff. She also served on the core team and as the admin of a church plant in Manhattan. Eugenia's passionate about helping young churches grow and connecting people to each other.

In her spare time she can be found at various parks around Chicago chasing her two young sons with her husband Ethan, drinking iced coffee, and cheering for the Florida Gators.

DAVID OTUWA PASTORAL INTERN

After heeding the call to full-time ministry, David Otuwa attended Wheaton College where he graduated with a degree in Bible and Theology. He has been blessed with the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministries from tutoring kids in the inner-city to teaching English in China.

After a short sabbatical in Seattle, he returned to Chicago with the hope of joining Church of the Beloved in their mission to transform the world through the Gospel.

During his free time, David can usually be found eating or watching sports (often simultaneously). He is also a big fan of Settlers of Catan which he has never lost in.

LESTER CRUZAT WICKER PARK CAMPUS PASTOR

Pastor Lester received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, upon which he taught high school science for 6 years. Afterwards, he attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis and received his Master of Divinity while serving as a campus minister at Washington University for 4.5 years. After serving as a college pastor, Lester went on to lead New Life Presbyterian Church of St. Louis for 3.5 years before receiving a miraculous call to go back home and minister in the city of Chicago where he received a heart and longing for the people of the city to know the name of Jesus.

Lester is married to the love of his life, Grace. They are parents to Hannah and awaiting the birth of their son in September. In his spare time, Lester is an avid sports fan and player with particular interests in fitness, basketball, baseball, and rock climbing.

JESSICA WAID DOWNTOWN CAMPUS ADMIN

Jessica Waid graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Since moving to Chicago for school she has been involved with various ministries throughout the city including urban afterschool programs and teaching English to refugees.

Jess started attending Church of the Beloved her first year of college and since then has seen the gospel become ever more beautiful and evident in her life. After being in Chicago for the past four years she has fallen in love with the city and has a heart for seeing the gospel go out and transform the lives of people here. Jess has been involved in various ministries at Beloved, and is especially passionate about working with children.

In her free time, Jess loves exploring all Chicago has to offer and is always excited to try new restaurants or simply walk around different areas in the city with friends. She is an avid coffee drinker and definitely has a sweet tooth, almost never turning down a sweet treat.

TIFFANY FANG CHURCH LIFE COORDINATOR

Tiffany Fang grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and has had a heart for the city from a young age. After encountering God powerfully during her undergraduate years, she has felt a desire for others to experience the healing and joy that only He can bring.

Tiffany graduated from Northwestern University, where she studied psychology and creative writing. There, she developed a strong research background and a passion for supporting others through counseling, which she hopes someday to pursue. Her faith was transformed through hearing the gospel at Church of the Beloved and she felt led to pursue full-time ministry during her senior year.

In her free time, you can find her creating her millionth Spotify playlist, pretending like she knows how to play the guitar, or continuing her quest for the perfect brownie.

 

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