Create & Grow
a loving, interdependent community of forgiven sinners that bears with one another’s burdens, weeps with those that weep and rejoices with those that rejoice.
through spiritual worship the mercy and grace of the Heavenly Father, the sacrifice and headship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the equipping and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Cultivate & Care
for individual believers as they grow into Biblical, spiritual maturity: knowledge of God’s Word, vibrant love for Christ, and the exercise of their God-given spiritual gifts.
by word and action the life-changing power of the Gospel to our neighbors in Albany Park and the world.
Rev. Dr. James Larkin Sn. (D Min & M Div, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary) grew up in the Albany Park neighborhood. After graduating from Roosevelt High School, he attended Wheaton College. It was at Wheaton that Pastor Jim came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. After witnessing the drastic changes the Holy Spirit did in his life, Pastor Jim desired to see God work powerfully in other people’s lives, especially those from the city. He went on to receive his Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and spent ten years as the Senior Pastor at an inner-city church in Philadelphia. It was in Philadelphia that Jim met his wife Sharon. While engaged, the couple began praying about the possibility of starting a church in Chicago. They chose to return to Albany Park since there were no Bible believing churches with an English service in the neighborhood at the time. In June 1989, Christ Church officially began as a prayer meeting with three people in Jim and Sharon’s apartment on Kimball Avenue. Today, Jim and Sharon have four adult children.