No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
Leadership & Staff
Here at Christ Church, we have a Church Council consisting of nine members, who are voted upon. They meet monthly on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. throughout the year. They address the needs of the church.
Rev. Jon "Gilbert"Martinez
The Reverend 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, a minor in psychology from the University of Texas-Pan American, and two associate degrees from South Texas College.
Rev. Gilbert was called pastor on January 9, 2022. Before that, he served as the designated-term pastor (February 2021), concentrating on interim work; Rev. Gilbert served San Lucas UCC-Chicago as the digital outreach minister, community pastoral care minister, and pulpit supply minister.
Part of his self-care includes spending time with his family, consisting of his toddler son, teenage nieces, sister, husband, and fur babies.
Work Week: Sunday - Thursday
Office Hours: Tues. & Wed. (in office) 10 am - 3 pm or by appointment
Staff Meeting: Tuesdays 10 am - 11:30 am
Council Meeting: 2nd Wednesday of the month; Office Hours are 3 pm - 6 pm.
You can set up 15 or 30 minutes chats with Rev. Gilbert by phone, Zoom, or in person. 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 require pastoral care. Email him by clicking here or calling the church office to set up an appointment.
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.
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Mike enjoys spending his spare time involved in many different art forms from playing music(bass, guitar, piano), listening to music (jazz, hardcore, funk, disco, or a good 80s ballad) taking pictures with one of his many cameras, reading a book or a comic from his growing collection, watching numerous films, as well as being involved in a variety of activist efforts in his community.
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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Christ Church UCC Des Plaines
1492 Henry Ave. Des Plaines, IL 60016 (847) 297-4230