Church of the Three Crosses was formed in 1966 by the merger of two early congregations, thus it is dually affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Churches. The congregation is a diverse faith community that works to nurture people at all levels of faith's continuum, from those exploring or re-entering Christianity to those who are long-time church members. We invite members to participate in our mission, allowing for questions to arise that do not always have easy answers. Our mission is to nurture both members on their spiritual journeys and the world toward God's vision of justice and mercy. This congregation consists of 100 members, who are mostly professionals living within the Lincoln Park or north side communities. The church's program priorities include: nurture/care of members, education, worship, social engagement and mission outreach.
Church of the Three Crosses has been located in the Old Town community of Lincoln Park since the mid 1800. The congregation has a long history of social activism and outreach to the community. The congregation is 90% Euro-American and 10% African American. Ninety-five percent of the members of the congregation have been to college, and many hold graduate degrees. The staff of the church consists of a part-time administrative assistant, pianist, custodian and pastor. Over the past year the congregation has been engaged in a study to become and Open and Affirming congregation, welcoming all people into the full life of the church.
Opportunities at the Church of the Three Crosses include: weekly worship leadership, preaching, youth programs, Bible study, crisis and pastoral visitation, church administration, mission outreach, and small group facilitation.
From Hyde Park
Public Transportation: The Church of the Three Crosses is two blocks west of the Clark Street bus stop at Wisconsin. The Brown Line runs within three blocks of the Church, at North Avenue and Sedgwick.
Automobile: The church is located between Sedgwick on the west and Lincoln on the east. From McCormick take Lake Shore Drive to North Avenue/LaSalle Street exit. Proceed to Clark Street, turn right (north) on Clark and travel two blocks to Wisconsin. Turn left on Wisconsin and proceed two blocks to 333 W. Wisconsin.
John Hobbs has been a part of the Experiential Education and Field Studies Program at McCormick for several years, and has taught on the teaching team. The style of leadership development used is practice and reflection, collaborative and nurturing. It is the commitment of John to support the student in experiencing a broad range of pastoral tasks. Theological reflection is a critical part of the Field Studies experience and John works to nurture the student in developing their own critical thinking process and the theological intentionality of their ministry practice. The experience of serving as the Executive Director of a homeless service agency within Chicago has shaped John's theology deeply. John holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. John was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and now holds ordination standing within the United Church of Christ.