We invite you to join us on Wednesday or Saturday evenings to fellowship and grow in faith and personal fulfillment. At the heart of our ministry is the Word. The Bible says — ‘people suffer for a lack of knowledge’ (Hosea 4:6). We believe in the power of God’s Word and it’s ability to guide, to heal, to encourage, and build faith. At CAC, we value each life and respect that our journeys represent each individual’s unique walk with God. Many may find their way to salvation in their youth and some much later, many fall away due to bad choices, and others dabble with salvation over a lifetime without commitment. We are here for everyone who seeks a relationship with God regardless of the circumstances that bring them to our door.
Contact us if you are seeking a better way of life for yourself, your family, your friends, and community.
-Pastors Angela and Rod Williams-
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Chicago Apostolic Center is called to proclaim the Good News. We welcome the lost, the oppressed, and the disenfranchised. We proclaim the gospel of peace, pray for righteousness and justice, and seek to serve as Jesus did without coercion or judgment. We are rooted in the Kingdom of God through his Word.
Chicago Apostolic Center is called to proclaim the Good News and…
● Seek the lost
● Call for repentance
● Announce salvation from sin
● Proclaim the gospel of peace
● Set free the oppressed
● Pray for righteousness and justice
● Serve as Jesus did
● And without coercion urge all people to become a part of the Kingdom of God.
The word of God
1. To become a Christian and claim your salvation — confess with your mouth that you are a sinner, ask for forgiveness, believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and invite Him into your heart.
Romans 10:9, John 3:3
2. There is one God, who is present in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17; John 1 :1-4
3. Humans were created in the image of God, but as a result of sin we are lost andpowerless to save ourselves.
Genesis 1:26; 2:16-17; Romans 6:23
4. The only hope for humans is to believe in, worship, and emulate Jesus Christ as God.You can try other stuff, but it’s not going to help you.
Romans. 10:9-10, 13; John 3:16; Ephesians 2:1-10
5. The Holy Spirit lives in all people who do believe in and worship Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians to serve and model Godly behavior.
Luke 11:13; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 8:17, 10:44-46, 19:6; Galatians. 5:22-23; I Corinthians. 12
6. A Church is more than a building. It is the coming together of people who believe in Jesus Christ and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Christ Jesus is the head and Lord of the Church. The mission of the Church is worship, evangelism, discipleship, and care of one another.
Matthew 28:1-20; Colossians. 1:18; Ephesians. 2:19-22.
7. Eternal life in heaven is the reward for all those believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and try to emulate him in their daily living.
John 3:16-17; Luke 23:43; John 14:2-3
8. Good works are an important part of serving Christ but works will not provide salvation and eternal life. As Christians, we are called to reflect the heart of Christ in our words and deeds.
Ephesians 2:8-10; John 6:28-29 (ESV)
9. Everyone in the church has a calling or gift to be used in building God’s house. The Church body is made up of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers and deacons. The Church has a responsibility to identify these gifts and provide opportunities for God’s children to serve the body of Christ according to one’s gift.
Ephesians 4:11-13; I Corinthians 12:12-30; Romans 12:3-8
10. The sacraments—baptism and communion— are two ways to publicly profess a belief in Christ
Acts 2:38; Matthew 26:26-30
11. Jesus will return at an appointed time to gather his worshippers in heaven as prophesized throughout the Bible.
Matthew 24:42-44; Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; Revelations 11:15
12. The Bible is the most important guide on Christian beliefs and Christian living. The Bible reveals through its teachings that the Christian walk is more than how we feel or how we reason.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
1111 N Wells Street, Suite 300
Chicago, Il 60610
Saturdays at 6:30 PM
Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Friday Night Live
7:00pm - 9:00pm
● August 10, 2018
● September 7, 2018
● October 5, 2018
● November 2, 2018
● December 7, 2018
11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ;
13. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Come and join us for the Friday Night Live monthly gatherings at Chicago Apostolic Center, for worship, teaching, training and equipping of the LORD’s people to do ministry. These powerful and impactful sessions will help each person to identify and activate their spiritual gifts for ministry. We will be teaching on the Five-Fold ministry of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher and how Jesus demonstrated the need for them to operate together within the Body of Christ. Also, we will impart the principles of the Kingdom of God as taught and demonstrated by Jesus. Don’t miss this opportunity to become better equipped for Kingdom impact!
Convicted 2 Change® (C2C®)
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Lord your God in the place He will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, The Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles no one should appear before the Lord empty handed.
Convicted 2 Change® creates a conducive environment where men are trained and empowered through mentoring relationships to go out and serve in their various communities. We meet weekly at our North Wells location and via Zoom app in engaging facilitative discussions related to the challenges that men face today. We learn Biblical principles in application when addressing these challenges. We have quarterly community events, that consist of serving at a food pantry, senior citizen home or youth program. We also engage in fellowship through bowling, golf, fishing … enhancing our relationships with one another. Our primary focus is to be trained in how to develop mentoring relationships with at risk youth in our various communities by way of the churches we attend. If you are interested in finding out more about us contact (312) 315-7111.
How did you become a pastor?
My experience came from being brought up in the church but not seeing many, if any, examples of the Word come alive. I didn’t see examples of people living out the Christian life.
Yes, I witnessed good preaching and acts of service—people feeding the hungry and singing in the choir—but there was not real transformation. It turned me off.
I wrestled constantly with the question of where were the true examples of Christianity? I didn’t see many in the traditional church setting that I was exposed to—until I became a Mennonite.
I was in my early 20s back in 1985. I was laid off from work and living in Detroit. A friend of mine was attending a Bible college in Detroit and one of his professors was a leader of the Michigan Mennonite conference. He shared with us the vision of the Mennonites to plant 20 churches in inner city Detroit by 2020 with intention to recruit African-Americans males for leadership.
They invited us to to spend several days in Shipshewana, Indiana at the Menno Hof Center learning about Mennonites and the Amish. We were three African-American men staying with a white couple in their home. The thing that really impressed me was their testimony:
The husband had resigned as president of a bank and went down to Alabama to establish credit unions in very poor, very impoverished, very rural communities. He used his skills for service. I said that’s true Christianity. This was an example of the Word come alive. We always knew there would come a time when we’d leave to plant other churches. And when it was my time, that’s what I did.
How did you become a pastor?
I’ve always grown up in church. At the age of 12, I was baptized by my dad, who was a Navy Chaplain. I’ve always stayed close to the church and had a Christian walk. There was never a period when I didn’t go to church or turned my back on God. That doesn’t mean I was always living life the way I should have been. But I’ve always been engaged in church activity, either as a choir director or minister of music.
In September of 1996, I decided for my birthday to go to the Holy Land. It was a great opportunity to see the Bible come alive—lots of music and worship and prayer and sightseeing. I felt an overwhelming urge to make sure that no one would die and go to hell because they didn’t know Jesus Christ.
After that, I kept thinking I might be called to preach. I called my parents: “Guess what,” I said, “I feel like I may be called to preach.”
“Okay,” they said nonchalantly, like they weren’t surprised. They’d known since I was a child that I was called to preach.
“Why didn’t anyone tell me?” I asked.
“It wasn’t for us to tell you,” they said. “It was for you to discover.”
From that point on, I was on the ministry path—graduating from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology (Virginia Union University), being ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA, serving in churches and starting a women’s empowerment ministry and later, Chicago Apostolic Center.