About

Who We Are

Vision
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To be a place where real people find real faith through connection to Christ, Church, and Community


Real People

We are a collection of men, women, and children from a variety of ages and mixed backgrounds. We are everyday people who live, work, and play in southwestern Chicagoland.

Real Faith

We believe that God is real, that He loves humanity, and that He sent His son Jesus to create a way for us to have an authentic connection with God.

Connection

While each person is created by God for a unique purpose, we are convinced that God has designed all of us for connection, and that our lives are incomplete without these three: Christ, Church, and Community.

CHRIST

We were created to connect with God himself. Jesus’ death and resurrection formed the pathway for us to have a relationship with God. In fact, our most fundamental need as human beings is to be connected with the God in whose image we were made. We seek to grow through a life long journey of building this relationship.

CHURCH

We were created to connect with others. Life wasn’t designed to be lived in isolation, but God created human beings to be dependent upon one another. We encourage, support, learn from, work with, inspire, and pray for each other. The Christian life is not only about individual relationships with Jesus, but about our corporate connection together moved by the power of the Holy Spirit.

COMMUNITY

We were created to connect with our community, both locally and globally. Our focus is not to be inward on caring only about ourselves, but outward towards those around us. Because Jesus loved and served, we are called to similarly redeem, serve, and improve the world around us.

Staff
Pastors

Senior Pastor – Rev. John Wickstrom III

Pastor John (or PJ, as he is sometimes called), came to Wesleyan Community Church in 2015. Before moving to the Chicagoland area, he served for 11 years as an assistant pastor at churches in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida. He also worked in the district office for The Wesleyan Church in Florida for 7 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from the religion department of Indiana Wesleyan University.

John loves watching hockey, baseball, football, and superhero or action movies. He listens to a wide variety of music almost non-stop, enjoys making and consuming coffee, exploring new places, and kayaking. PJ and his wife Kristia met in college, got married in 2004, are madly in love, and complement each other intricately. They have one child, their amazing daughter Jillian.

Above everything else, John is most passionate about helping people discover their value in the Kingdom of Jesus and the joy of connection to Christ, Church, and Community.


Assistant Pastor – Kristia Wickstrom

Pastor Kristia came to Wesleyan Community Church in 2015. She has a degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Business Administration. She has served in a wide variety of businesses settings including medical office, banking, insurance, news media, and even served as a recruiting manager for security at Super Bowl XLIII. While she enjoyed the variety of experiences she had in each of those fields, her greatest fulfillment came from serving God through serving others and her local church. She was called into ministry while serving in a lay capacity at her previous church in St. Petersburg, FL. Now a licensed pastor, she is currently in the process of taking classes towards her future ordination.

Kristia enjoys all things involving food. She enjoys practicing the art of cooking, finding new and unique places to eat, and loves the Food Network. She will always happily drink coffee made by John or from one of the many coffee houses they explore. She enjoys art, super hero movies, and exploring new and eccentric places. Kristia and her husband John met in college, got married in 2004, are madly in love, and complement each other intricately. They have one child, their amazing daughter Jillian.

What to expect when you visit
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We want you to feel as comfortable as possible. We know that for most visitors, it’s a big step just to walk through the doors to check out a church. We promise not to single you out in the service by making you stand, or wear something silly. Someone may notice you and introduce themselves, but you can come and relax and see what we do with as little pressure from our end as possible. The FAQs below will help you know what to expect.

What's your worship style like? - Our worship style is blended. We sing a mixture of traditional hymns as well as more modern songs. At the moment, our instrumentation is more traditional (piano and organ lead worship), however we are beginning to explore the use of increased instrumentation to aid our expression of worship.

How do people dress? - You don’t have dress a certain way to attend. Our regulars wear a range of different fashions and styles from jeans and t-shirts to shirt and ties. If you feel like dressing up for worship, go ahead. If you feel like dressing down to rest in God’s presence, feel free.

Will I be pressured to give money? - We take an offering every Sunday. This goes to support our church’s mission, ministries, and expenses. It is a part of our worship to trust the Lord financially and provide a way for others to experience the hope we’ve found in Jesus through our church. You are certainly welcome to worship with us however you choose, but as our guest please do not feel obligated to give towards our offering. Please just relax and experience what we’re all about.

What if I'm disabled? - If you are disabled, please use the lot on the south east corner (88th Ave and Austin). We have an accessible lift which can help you get to any level of the building, accessible bathrooms, and special seating in the rear of the sanctuary.

What about my baby? - If you have small children, they are welcome to join you in the church. We have a mother’s room at the back of the sanctuary for privacy if you have a child who is restless or crying.

We would also encourage you to consider making use of our nursery. Caring adults rotate serving in the nursery to show love to children while parents worship. Adults must pass a background check and simple training to work with children.

What about my older kids? - Older children (age 4 – grade 5) are encouraged to join Discovery Land. Discovery Land is our children’s program where we help children discover who God created them to be. Children gather and worship in a large environment, break out into smaller age-based groups for further discussion, and then regather for activities and fellowship. You will be sent home with a summary of the lesson and a way to interact with your child based off the lesson.
What's a Wesleyan?

We are part of a denomination known as The Wesleyan Church. Wesleyans believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord's Spirit. We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ. We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.

The name "Wesleyan" is in honor of John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England who was the inspiration and founder of the Methodist movement. Wesley was an outstanding Oxford scholar, yet regarded himself as "a man of one book," the Bible. It was while studying the Bible that he received assurance of his own salvation through faith. It was the Bible which motivated his vision for offering Christ to the common people of England in a way that led to that nation's greatest spiritual revival. It was biblical truth that inspired Wesley to develop a school for orphans, job programs, and medical assistance for the poor, efforts to reform inhumane prisons, and arguments for the abolition of slavery, a great evil of his time. Confidence in the Bible as "the only and sufficient rule for Christian faith and practice" (to use Wesley's own words) is still a hallmark of The Wesleyan Church today.

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Beliefs/Doctrine
We believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord's Spirit. We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ. We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.

For a more detailed look at our Articles of Religion please visit https://www.wesleyan.org/979/articles-of-religion