About Bethel Christian

Bethel Christian Church | About Us

In June of 1994, Bethel began as a mission church through the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) with a small group of individuals who had a vision of becoming a vibrant, multi-ethnic church.  From the humble beginnings worshiping in the pastor’s apartment, to services in a park, Bethel Christian Church found a home in the Portage Park neighborhood in 2001.

In 2003, a second service was launched on the campus of the University of Chicago (Bethel U of C) to serve the Hyde Park community.  In 2010, Bethel U of C took the exciting step of becoming a PCA mission church and Living Hope Church was born.  Living Hope continues to serve the south side of Chicago today.

In 2006, Bethel became a particularized church through the formation of a board of elders.  The congregation subsequently voted to nominate and select a group of men to serve as deacons who were ordained in 2013.

Later that year, a core group of individuals from Bethel and other surrounding churches met to prayerfully consider a conviction to serve the suburbs of Northern Chicagoland.  That summer, Bethel started a second service at the Wheeling Recreational Center.


Our desire is to be a loving, multi-ethnic church of Jesus Christ, witnessing the Good News to the Chicagoland area through maturing Christian lives.  Our desire is to be a community of people who love Jesus, love one another and love the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.