Office Hours: Tues. & Wed. 10 am - 3 pm or by appointment
You can set up 15 or 30 minutes chats with Pastor Gilbert by phone, Zoom, or in-person. (In-person appointments require face masks.) Your chat can be a time to talk about whatever you would like. It can just be a time to get better acquainted. And of course, if you are in need of pastoral care. To set up an appointment, click here, or call the church office.
Jon Gilbert Martinez, Gilbert as he prefers, is a multi-generational Tejano (Texan) and Chicano (Mexican-American) who's lived in Chicago since 2015. He is a 2019 Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary graduate with a Master of Divinity. He also holds a bachelor's degree in sociology minor in psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American and two associate degrees from South Texas College.
Before being called as designated-term pastor (February 2021) to concentrate on interim work, Gilbert served San Lucas UCC-Chicago as the digital outreach minister, community pastoral care minister, and pulpit supply minister. He is a member in discernment with the Chicago Metropolitan Association, where he serves as vice-moderator, which allows him a seat on the Illinois Conference Council. Additionally, he works as the communications consultant for The Colectivo de UCC Latinx Ministries. Recently, he joined Advocate-Aurora Health's Mission & Spiritual Care committee. Gilbert also served as a board member and vice-chair for the UCC Mental Health Network Board of Directors. As an advocate for mental health, Black Lives Matter, immigration justice, LGBTQ community, and an extravagant welcome to all of God's children, and food security awareness, to name a few, Gilbert has completed Mental Health First Aid and Companionship training. Part of his self-care includes spending time with his family, consisting of his two-year-old son, teenage nieces, sister, husband, and fur babies.
Riley is a student getting his Masters's in Social Work. He loves to draw comics, take his dog Cheers to the park, and frisbee golf. Riley joined the Christ Church UCC ministry in September 2021.
Kyle began his work with Christ Church UCC in 2016. Outside of work, he enjoys being a White Sox fan and amateur musician/cribbage player. Kyle also enjoys being a dad to four kids, two dogs, and husband to his wife.
Hana is a pianist and music teacher in Chicago. Her three favorite things are jazz, chocolates, and good ramen from her hometown in Japan. She began creating music in our sanctuary in 2018.
Leslie began playing the piano at Christ Church in 2019. She has worked with the church choir in addition to her playing. Leslie teaches middle school music in Mt. Prospect and enjoys participating in theater productions, both on stage and as music director. She lives in Arlington Heights but spends as much time as possible with her family in Iowa.
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