Our Mission is to minister to the spiritual and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating Gospel through word and deed. Our Vision Statement is that we are an intentional community of faith and committed as active participants in furthering the Kingdom of God. We supervise the Supportive Services Unit of Coppin House, a 54 unit apartment complex providing affordable housing and serves low-income families; Coppin House was developed by Coppin Church in partnership with Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Chicago and opened in January 2009. Coppin Community Center, housed at Coppin Church, is a non-profit/federally tax-exempt organization providing community and educational programs. We believe that collaboration is critical to the mission of church as we build capacity to fulfill our obligation in “Building Beloved Community.”
Substantive community collaborations have been developed as follows: Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) Affiliate for World Vision Chicago; this is a youth leadership development program for high school students to facilitate civic and community engagement. Adult Basic Education Satellite for Kennedy King College, offering weekly GED classes. Adopted Carter Elementary School in Chicago Public School’s Adopt-A-School program, providing school supplies and clothing year round, support for homeless students and for teachers and staff as needed. We are faith-based partners with the American Cancer Society to provide educational seminars/workshops as well as an on-site resource center for the community. We provide supportive services to children and families impacted by violence with Chicago Citizens for Change and the Chicago Police/CAPS (community policing) as we host 3 beat meetings monthly and block club and recreational activities. In the summer of 2013 we implemented our 6-week, Monday through Friday Freedom School, as an approved site by the Children’s Defense Fund; this program focuses on literacy, cultural heritage, parent engagement, intergenerational servant leadership and civic engagement. We host undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Chicago in partnership with the University Community Service Center, for community service projects throughout each school year. We opened the first evening, weekly food pantry for the working poor in Washington Park in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, currently serving an average of 80 clients each week. In partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Coppin Church hosts an AmeriCorps Member for 2013- 2014 and sponsors a weekly evening food pantry to serve the working poor. The University of Chicago’s University Community Service Center (UCSC) provides student volunteers who gain experience in community engagement through our community projects.
Coppin Church is a historic AME congregation that has served the Washington Park community on the south side of Chicago for 95 years. We are an African American congregation composed of 150 persons, 75% of which are senior citizens (retired professionals). Washington Park is a food desert and is 45% food insecure (compared to 9% for all of Cook County). Washington Park is a high crime and transient population, but with at least 50% of its residents have resided in WP for many years.
Opportunities are varied:
Worship – Preaching, planning worship, and leading worship
Teaching – bible studies, church school, stewardship seminars
Evangelism and Discipleship Outreach Experiences
Community Engagement: Weekly Food Pantry, GED recruitment, Boy Scout recruitment, Food Demonstrations and Nutrition Seminars, Community concerts and youth/young adult events
Building and Re-building and urban and historic congregation
Coppin Church is located on Michigan Avenue just south of 55th Street/Garfield Blvd. We are in walking distance from the CTA Red and Green Lines and easily accessible by bus.
The Rev. Dr. Barbara Ann Wilson
I have supervised field education students from both McCormick and Garrett seminaries. In addition, I serve on the Chair of 1st Year Studies on the Ministerial Training Board for the Chicago Annual Conference of the AMEC.
My aim is to create an environment conducive to very practical hands-on learning. I expect an independent student, but also one that values attention to detail and a wholistic and systems approach to ministry. Students are encouraged and pushed to engage the field studies process, to test their own concepts, thinking and approach to ministrty in light of their call and vocation. This congregation has served many students in the past and is expectant and supportive to the field studies process.