mission

Village Church exists to equip God’s people to do His work.


The Bible says one of the main purposes of a church is to give Christians the tools they need to effectively serve God (Ephesians 4:11-16). At Village Church, we want to equip you to confidently and boldly tell others about the life transforming power of Jesus. 


The best example in the Bible of Christians living transformed lives comes from Acts 2. These Christians are passionate about Jesus and showing their neighbors what He’s done for them. There are three characteristics of these early Christians that stand out and they are at the heart of everything we do at Village Church. 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 Growth Groups and also to build deeper relationships with their family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. 


Serving 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. At Village Church, we’ll serve people in the community by living a life that seeks their best interest, and ultimately to help them follow Jesus.

leadership

  • Cisco cotto

    lead pastor

    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.


       

  • sam mahisekar

    Associate Pastor

    Sam Mahisekar Associate Pastor Sam’s desire is to see people within the church and community grow by applying biblical truths in their lives. He has been involved with mission agencies that serve in several Asian countries. While working at a manufacturing company for many years, Sam has enjoyed learning about operations. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Economics and is completing a Master of Divinity degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Sam and his wife Sarah live in Wheaton and enjoy spending time with their three young children.

     

     

  • jackie johnson

    village kids director

    Jackie Johnson leads the team that teaches children on Sunday mornings. After a successful career in banking, she left the corporate world to teach Kindergarten students at Grace Lutheran School. Jackie is passionate about the spiritual development of children.


     

  • marlon washington

    worship director

    Leading people to live a bold and transforming life of daily worship to our Savior is Marlon's passion. God surprised him by calling him out of his acting career to revive his musical gifts for Christ's name. After becoming the unofficial worship leader in the church where he was born and raised, a fire was ignited. He walked with God through a 14-month worship arts residency at Community Christian Church to learn what it takes to be a worship director and to be a part of planting a church in Chicago. He is honored and humbled to help Village Church move forward in Jesus' name. Marlon lives in Oak Park, and is a graduate of Bradley University. Marlon would love to get together to pray, hear your story, laugh, and play some board games!


     

  • Anna Cotto

    Director of women's discipleship

    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.


     

  • Justin Zahraee

    Director of Young Adult Discipleship

    Justin is responsible for discipling high school and college-aged adults at Village Church. He is serving a Pastoral Residency as he finishes his final year of Master of Divnity studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Justin is working with students not only to move them forward in their walk with Christ, but also to give them the skills they need to disciple others. 


     

  • carole o'hare

    director of prayer ministries

    Carole has seen the power of prayer in her own life, so is eager to help make prayer foundational to everything we do at Village Church. She works in a community health center and enjoys her grandchildren as often as possible. She lives in Oak Park.


     

  • hannah follett

    director of finance team

    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.


     

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what we believe

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. 


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. 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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.