The Chicago Regional Chapter of The Gospel Coalition is a locally organized group of pastors who, around the Foundational Documents of TGC, strive to serve, support, and strengthen congregations in gospel-centered ministry
WHAT WE DO
Pastors Lunches Three times a year, we gather pastors from the Chicago area for encouragement and prayer with the goal of sustaining faithful and fruitful preaching, pastoral care, and personal holiness.
Regional Conferences Every other year, we provide an excellent opportunity for pastors, ministry teams, and individual believers to attend a local, affordable, conference with rich, biblical content. Main sessions include teaching from TGC council members.
WHO WE ARE | TGC Chicago Steering Committee:
Derek Buikema | Derek is the lead pastor of Orland Park Christian Reformed Church and adjunct professor of theology at Trinity Christian College. He and his wife, Aubrey, have three children.
Josh Fenska | Josh serves as lead pastor of Redeemer Community Church in Aurora, IL. He is married to Katie, and they have 5 kids, the younger 2 joining their family via adoption. Josh also serves the Chicago area with Acts 29 Church Planting Network. He has two degrees from Wheaton College and is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Western Seminary in Portland. Josh also enjoys coffee, spicy foods, and coaching youth sports.
Eliot Velazquez | Eliot serves as pastor of CityLights Church and is a special education teacher at Taft High School on the northwest side of Chicago. He earned an MA in education from Northeastern Illinois University and an MEd in education from American College of Education. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children, with another on the way.
Brad Wetherell | Brad grew up in Glen Ellyn, IL. He received a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Taylor University, a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brad has been on staff at The Orchard since 2011 and now serves as the Pastor at The Orchard Arlington Heights. Brad is married to Kristen, they have three children, Joanna, John and Lydia.
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