The Emmaus Community



Contact Info
The Emmaus Community,
925 MacArthur Drive,
Chicago Heights, IL 60411.
Phone/Fax: 708-481-7025.
Community Description:

Founded April 16, 2006.

The Emmaus Community exists to identify, celebrate and encourage an awareness of God’s presence and activity in the human story. It is our constant endeavor to create an atmosphere that encourages journeying together as we all discover G_d’s plan for our lives. Our consistent mantra here at The Emmaus Community is that you can “belong before you believe”. In this we seek to engage the distant, discouraged and disenfranchised to discover G_d through creative and relevant worship and serving experiences. We engage this process by operating with an eye on our core values, which are integrity, relationships, collaboration, grace, fun, growth, simplicity and creativity.

The Emmaus Community is a post-modern community of faith with African American traditions. We have approximately 300 members and our population is predominately African American, with about three percent other.

Position Description:

There are numerous opportunities for learning and serving here at The Emmaus Community.  We have developed a “team” mentality with regard to ministry.  This allows us to be able to place value on every member involved showing that the “whole body” is needed.  We also try our best to program each gathering to fit a specific time frame to honor the presence of G_d, sensitivity to the D-Cubed, and the time of our members.  We could safely say that this programming perspective can be most challenging to some who have grown accustomed to some areas of the African American worship experience, but is an effective area to learn balance and presence.

Our Worship team consists of singing team of nine.  We are open to developing or assistance with developing an additional worship leader for the community.  Should the individual have prior experience the opportunity for leading can be expedited based on approval by the Worship Director. 

We have numerous youth programs in need of additional people to serve.  We have current programs that include Hyperactive (partnership with a local school), Youth retreats, ClubHouse (Sunday morning), Big, Big Clubhouse (monthly activity) and a few more.  This is but to name a few of the serving opportunities. 

Our programming is dictating by our priorities, which are disciplining youth, creating serving opportunities and developing leadership.  By stating that, we are always evaluating what “teams” are functioning well and what the need of the community of faith may be at present. On Sunday mornings, there are at least eight serving teams in action that directly effect the heart and soul of our core identity. From media to Fusion Café, these are areas where service is needed and have the greatest impact for learning.  In meeting the right candidate, the Lead Pastor would be able to better discern the best place for service within the community.  


Founding co-pastor in 2006 and Lead Pastor since 2010, Rev. Dr. Alise D. Barrymore, will supervise the program. 

A graduate of Yale, Rev. Barrymore earned her M.Div and D.Min at McCormick. Her ordination was in 1995 to the New Faith Baptist Church, SBC, in Matteson, IL. She has won multiple awards, is a published writer, and is privileged to have been a keynote speaker at several conferences.

Previous to her call at The Emmaus Community, Rev. Barrymore served at North Park University as Campus Pastor and Dean of University Ministries.


From Hyde Park:

Car: Take I-94 E. Drive 3.7 miles, then take I-94 E/Bishop Ford Fwy. Drive 10.8 miles, then keep right at the fork to continue toward IL-394 S. In 0.4 miles, keep left at the fork and merge onto 394S. Drive 5 miles then exit onto 30W/14th Street. In 4.7 miles, turn right onto Division Street. Drive 0.5 miles, then turn right onto W. 207th Street. Take first right onto MacArthur Dr. The Emmaus Community is on the left.

Public Transportation: Take Metra to Lincoln Hwy stop. Catch the bus heading west. Transportation time subject to schedules of trains and buses and vary on week days and weekends.