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Rev. Jon Gilbert Martinez, Pastor

Rev. Jon Gilbert Martinez, or simply Rev. Gilbert as he prefers, embodies a rich tapestry of heritage. A multi-generational Tejano (Texan) and Chicano (Mexican-American), he’s brought his faith and leadership to Chicagoland since 2015.

Gilbert’s educational background is impressive and diverse. He holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2019), a Bachelor’s in Sociology, and a minor in Psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American. His thirst for knowledge extends further with two associate degrees from South Texas College.

His dedication to Christ Church U.C.C. is evident in his journey. He began serving as a designated-term pastor in February 2021 before being called settled pastor on January 9, 2022. Before that, he served San Lucas UCC-Chicago in various roles, including digital outreach minister, community pastoral care minister, and pulpit supply minister.

Beyond the church’s walls, Gilbert actively serves on numerous boards and committees. He’s the Vice President of the Self-Help Closet & Pantry of Des Plaines, Tuthill Commission of the Illinois Conference of the U.C.C., and Church & Ministry Committee of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the U.C.C. He contributes to Advocate-Aurora Health’s Mission & Spiritual Care Committee.

His commitment extends further with past positions, such as communications consultant for The Colectivo de U.C.C. Latinx Ministries and service on the U.C.C. Mental Health Network Board of Directors, U.C.C. Media Justice Board of Directors, Vice-Moderator of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference of the U.C.C. focused on diversity, mental health, and media justice.

A champion for social justice, Gilbert advocates for community service, mental health awareness, immigration and refugee rights, and the L.G.B.T.Q. Community and an inclusive welcome for all. This passion is reflected in his completion of Mental Health First Aid and Companionship certificates, with him even being a certified instructor for Companionship training.

But faith isn’t just about service for Gilbert. He prioritizes self-care and cherishes time with his family: his son, teenage nieces, sister, husband, and beloved pets.

Rev. Gilbert Martinez is a leader who inspires through his dedication, diverse background, and unwavering commitment to his faith and the community.