Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ

MEET OUR CONGREGATION

WE ARE A CHRIST-CENTERED COMMUNITY


  • We believe that God has revealed God’s self fully to the world through the person and work of Jesus Christ. By God’s Spirit, we become members of the body of Christ to enable us to grow fully into the likeness of Christ.

IN RELATIONSHIP/PARTNERSHIP WITH OTHERS


  • We believe that God wants us to be in partnership with other faith communities and service organizations to embody unity within the Body of Christ and to enable us to be more effective in building God's Kingdom in Logan Square and beyond. Link HERE for more information about our current partnerships.

LIVING GOD'S ALTERNATIVE VISION


  • We believe that God’s Word reveals an alternative vision for the world--a world of “shalom” where everyone shares in the fullness of God’s blessing spiritually, economically and socially. We believe that God has begun to “make all things new” through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus, we live out the new creation.

LIVING IN RECONCILIATION


  • We believe that the world is broken because of personal and corporate sin (our self-centered acts driven by fear and anxiety). God invites us to be reconciled to God through the cross of Christ and to be reconciled to one another. This demands ongoing honest reflection, personal and corporate confession, repentance and restoration.

SEEKING JUSTICE FOR ALL CREATION


  • We believe that a right relationship with God demands that we live out right relationships with the rest of God’s good creation. As a result, we are committed to social justice, peace and environmental stewardship.

WELCOMING ALL PEOPLE


  • We believe that God wants all people to participate in the new creation. We are Anglx, Latinx, gay, straight, married, single, children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents. Though we self-identify in diverse ways, we are united in living into the new creation in Christ.

MEET OUR PASTOR
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 two grandchildren as often as possible.