First Presbyterian Church is regional congregation with members from many of the surrounding suburban communities. We have approximately 400 members and strive for a wide range of programming. Our congregation is a regional one and has members from 25-30 surrounding communities. The congregation is mostly Caucasian, although we do see a growing number of Cameroonians in our midst.
We have felt God’s love and are warmed by its radiance. Being human, we feel ourselves worthy of God’s love. Through Jesus Christ we understand that by grace, we are redeemed. In response we,
SEEK TO DISCERN AND FOLLOW THE WILL OF GOD.
First and foremost we feel called to enter into a personal relationship with God. Secondly, we feel called to be in community with other Christians. As a community of Christian Presbyterians, we gather in Chicago Heights to seek and act upon God’s will for us.
COME TOGETHER TO WORSHIP GOD TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, AND TO EXPERIENCE FELLOWSHIP THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
We will do so with joy and conviction, making the gospel attractive to church and community at large. We will emphasize the revelation of God through Scripture and the witness of the Reformed faith as they provide guidance for daily living.
EDUCATE ALL AGES IN CHRISTIAN FAITH.
We will strive to nurture everyone, placing special attention on youth and young adult education, mission and fellowship.
WORK TO MEET THE NEEDS OF GOD’S PEOPLE.
We will share our resources and talents with others, so that those in our community and in the world might be served. We will foster an atmosphere that will nurture a joyful fellowship and strive to support others and bring God’s comfort to all.
EMBRACE AND CELEBRATE DIVERSITY.
We welcome people of all backgrounds, ages and races into our fellowship so that together we may strive to be active and enthusiastic in worship, ministries, mission and fellowship of the church. We value relationships with other Christian churches, striving to work together to serve all people and build the church universal.
Our focus is to transform lives, inspiring believers to lead truly Christ-centered live.
There is a wide range of opportunities for working in the life of the church. The student will be expected to participate in worship, including preaching. The student would be expected to be involved in youth ministry and a variety of other ministry opportunities.
There will be opportunities for the student to attend session and committee meetings and to assist in the pastoral ministry of the congregation, including hospital/nursing home visitation.
From Hyde Park take the Dan Ryan Expressway (South).
Follow signs for I-57 to Memphis.
Take I-57 South (2.5 miles) to Exit 342A Vollmer Road.
Take Vollmer Road--East (3.3 miles) to Western Avenue.
(You will cross Cicero Avenue, Crawford, Governor’s Highway, Kedzie, then Western Avenue. Western Avenue is the fifth stop light.)
Turn Right on Western Avenue. Go approximately 0.8 mile to 207th Street.
Turn left on 207th street. Go three blocks—church is on the left.
Delmar L. Meester, pastor
• Seminary degrees: University of Dubuque (M.Div), McCormick (D.Min.)
• Intern Supervisory for Summer Staff (1982-1999)
• Seminary Intern Supervisor for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1996, 1997)
"My style of supervision is conversation with our Interns. I am happy to see innovation, prayerfully informed, and delight in the successes of our Interns. I like to plan carefully and evaluate just as carefully. We are very open and used to trying new things here at First Presbyterian, as the Lord leads. My current focus in continuing education revolves around the concept of "pilgrimage" and how God leads us to new places as we seek God."