OUR GPS



At the heart of everything we do at Village Church are three characteristics of early Christians! These Christians are passionate about Jesus and showing their neighbors what He’s done for them. Acts chapter 2 has some of the best examples in the Bible of Christians living transformed lives. Since they guide us we call them our GPS:



GOSPEL CENTERED TEACHING

These Christians were devoted to learning the Bible (Acts 2:42) and so are we. The Bible says, “The Word of God is living and active…” (Hebrews 4:12). Through reading it, praying about it, meditating on it, and memorizing it God powerfully transforms people. Reading and teaching the Bible is a part of everything we do at Village Church.



PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

The Christians discussed in the book of Acts were regularly meeting for meals, prayer, and just to hang out (Acts 2:42). They used this time to encourage, teach, and help each other. At Village Church, we encourage people to join one of our Life Groups and also to build deeper relationships with their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.



SEEKING OUR COMMUNITY

The natural outgrowth of a life transformed by Jesus is seeing others in the community as more important than us. We see these early Christians selflessly giving what they have to those in need (Acts 2:43-44). As Jesus transforms our lives we develop a greater desire to help those around us in a variety of ways, including knowing Jesus. 


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    CISCO COTTO

    LEAD PASTOR & ELDER


    In 2011, God called Cisco out of the world of political talk radio after giving him a clear vision for starting Village Church. He is passionate about giving Christians the tools they need to effectively and boldly do God’s work and then encouraging them to do it. Cisco is a graduate of Western Illinois University and Moody Theological Seminary. He and his wife Anna live in Oak Park with their three children.

    cisco@villagechurchoakpark.com | ciscocotto.com



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    ANNA COTTO

    WOMEN'S DISCIPLESHIP AND INTERIM VILLAGE KIDS DIRECTOR


    Anna is thankful for the professional experiences God has given her, including a 10-year career in sales & marketing in the corporate world and 4 years in development for a Christian non-profit. In 2012, after the arrival of her third child, Anna felt called to stay home with her children full-time. As a woman who cherishes both her professional pursuits and her family, she has a heart for helping other women balance work and family while seeing them grow in an authentic relationship with Christ. Anna is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and Moody Theological Seminary. She lives in Oak Park with her husband Cisco and their three children.

    anna@villagechurchoakpark.com


  • JOSHUA EDWARDS

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR YOUTH MINISTRY


    Joshua serves as pastor over young adults in Jr. High and High School. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He served as a Youth Pastor in Chicago's western suburbs for 9 years before coming to Village Church. Joshua and his wife Madeleine have two children and live in Oak Park.

    joshua@villagechurchoakpark.com


  • HANNAH FOLLETT

    FINANCIAL TEAM DIRECTOR


    Hannah Follett leads the Village Church finance team. This group makes sure financial gifts and offerings are handled with integrity. Hannah is a graduate of Wheaton College. She and her husband Andrew live in Oak Park.

    finance@villagechurchoakpark.com


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    TIA LOWRAY

    CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR & CARE TEAM DIRECTOR


    Tia handles several behind-the-scenes administrative tasks at Village Church, including accounts payable and events. She also heads up our church care team. In addition to her responsibilities at Village, she serves as a professional chaplain.

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    SAM REED

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR


    Sam serves Village Church in the areas of Congregational Care and Discipleship. He has served as a pastor in several churches in Nebraska and Illinois. Sam graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Barbara live in Forest Park.

    sam@villagechurchoakpark.com

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    BRIAN SWANSON

    ELDER


    Brian and his wife Jill live in Oak Park. They have two grown children.


  • DONNY WILLIAMS

    ELDER


    Donny and his wife Mary live in Berwyn with their daughter and son.

OUR BELIEFS

Village Church is a member of the EFCA, an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions.



God:

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.


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The Bible:

2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


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The Human Condition:

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.


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Jesus Christ:

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus, Israel’s promised Messiah, was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.


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The Work of Christ:

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.


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The Holy Spirit:

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.


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The Church:

7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.


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Christian Living:

8. We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.


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Christ’s Return:

9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.


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Response and Eternal Destiny:

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.





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