KA/NSA* Collaborative Church Doing Justice.
Loving Mercy.
Walking Humbly With God.

Our Staff


Bruce Ray has been pastor of Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ since 1978. Over these many years, he has led the church to become more holistic in its proclamation of the gospel and more engaged in the needs of the community. A 1990 graduate of North Park Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an emphasis in urban ministry, Bruce is passionate about the city and how people of faith can be signs of the Kingdom of God in their communities. He is married to Karren and has two amazing adult children, Ellen and Jeremiah (Jay). He enjoys his three grandchildren as often as possible.

Francisco Medrano joined our ministry team on September 1, 2019, serving as our Community Engagement Pastor Intern. Originally from Nicaragua, Francisco came to the US to complete his seminary education at McCormick Theological School in Chicago (graduating in May 2018). He is currently working on his doctorate at Catholic Theological Union. He is married and has a 7-year-old daughter.

Yesenia Acosta has been the Parish Administrator for both Nuestra Señora De Las Americas and Kimball Avenue UCC since April, 2017. (She served NSA in this role prior to our collaboration.) She not only supports the work of our congregations but leads our ministries for children, including 'Godly Play.'

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