Church of the Beloved

Downtown

 

Time & Location

Sundays 4:00 PM
935 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, IL 60610
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 166630 Chicago, IL 60616



Announcements
Newcomers Dinner and Worship & Prayer Night Sunday, July 23!

New to COTB? Join us for our monthly newcomers dinner to meet new people, learn more about the church, and find out ways to get involved! This month's Newcomers Dinner will be at church immediately following service. Please join us to meet other newcomers as well as church leaders! 

 

Following the Newcomers Dinner we'll be having a special Worship & Prayer Night led by Pastor Dave. Feel free to join for one or both parts! All are welcome! 

 

Date: Sunday, July 23

Time: After service around 6p.m.

Location: Sanctuary at church

Cost: $5 (free to all newcomers who have been attending for less than a month)

RSVP for Newcomers Dinner : bit.ly/COTBNewcomersDinner

RSVP for Worship & Prayer Nightbit.ly/julyprayerandworship

Any questions? Email newcomers@thebelovedchurch.org

Campus Ministries Interest Form

Please complete the Campus Ministry & SG form to help our staff plan and prepare for the upcoming year.  Your response indicates your desire to serve on the available ministries for one of our upcoming campuses: Downtown, Wicker, or South Loop and which small group you plan to attend for the upcoming ministry year. 

Thank you in advance! 

bit.ly/cotbcampusinterestform

Baptism Service & Church Picnic Sunday, August 13

Please join us for our next baptism service and church picnic on Sunday, August 13 at 9a.m. at 31st Street Beach! If you're interested in getting baptized please contact our Church Life Team

 

Date: Sunday, August 13

Time: 9a.m.

Location: 31st Street Beach (metered parking available) 

Questions? Email Church Life Team 

Fall 2017 Membership Class

Our next membership class will be this summer from September 15 - October 28.  If you're interested please register for the class here: bit.ly/2017fallmembership

Coming soon: Wicker Park and South Loop Campus Plants

This fall we are planning to launch two new COTB campuses in Wicker Park and South Loop. Please pray for these new campuses and consider supporting us as we plant in these neighborhoods to share the Gospel with more of our neighbors! 

 

If you have any questions please contact: 

Wicker Park Campus: lester.cruzat@thebelovedchurch.org

South Loop: grace.kim@thebelovedchurch.org

ALPHA Small Group Leader & Member Signup!

Alpha small groups are open to all new believers or folks wanting to learn more about Christianity. To learn more about COTB Alpha please check out this video: youtu.be/jlzSgGz-vos

 

If you'd like to join the next season of ALPHA small group as a leader or member or have any questions please sign up or leave your questions here: bit.ly/cotbalpha.

 

 

Fall Missions Week Sept 3-9, 2017

Please join us this fall as we'll be hosting a missions trip here in Chicago!  We'll have the opportunity to serve with all of our Chicago Church plants together and outreach to those surrounding communities.

 

We want to see the Gospel transform Chicago with our Beloved brothers and sisters, and to build up our local Beloved Network together!

 

Date: September 3 - 9

Cost: Students $200/Non-Students $250

Application Link: bit.ly/FallMission2017

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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Sermons

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 Vision

 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.

SARAH LONGING WOMEN'S MINISTRY INTERN

Sarah Longing is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from Moody Theological Seminary. Her background is in education and she has recently joined the staff to foster women’s discipleship at Church of the Beloved. She has a passion to see women fall in love with the truth of God’s Word and actively apply those truths to their lives.

In her free time, she spends many hours at the dog beach trying to convince her rescue pup that the water will not kill him.

 

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