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. 

  

leadership

  • Dr. William Torgesen

    INTERIM LEAD PASTOR

    Dr. William Torgesen has served over twenty-five years in ministry as a Pastor and a Professor. Bill has a deep passion for the health of the Church, and for the health of the pulpit. He is a contributing author of The Moody Handbook of Preaching, and Preparing for Ministry. Pastor Bill taught at Moody’s Pastors Conference for many years and consults local pastors in the areas of preaching, leadership development, and ministry realignment. Bill earned his B.A. from The Moody Bible Institute in Pastoral Studies. He earned his Master of Arts in Religion and Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Bill and his wife Terri have four children.

    william@villagechurchoakpark.com

  • TAE HWANG

    associate pastor for worship and ministry

    Tae directs the worship team and also handles strategy and planning for various ministries at Village Church. Tae desires to help people serve the Lord with a joyful heart and gets excited when he sees the gospel lead to ethnic diversity in churches. He enjoys playing sports & checking out new restaurants. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tae and his wife Christeen have one daughter, Abigail.

    tae@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 three children and live in Oak Park.

    joshua@villagechurchoakpark.com


  • 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 is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Barbara live in Forest Park.

    sam@villagechurchoakpark.com

  • MARY CASE

    DIRECTOR OF VILLAGE KIDS


    Mary joyfully serves as Director of Village Kids. Her passion is growing children in our Lord, alongside our church families. Mary has an extensive background leading children’s ministries and Awana programs, as well as other not-for-profit agencies serving children and families. Mary and her husband have eight children and five grandchildren.

    mary@villagechurchoakpark.com

  • TIA LOWRAY

    CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

    Tia handles several behind-the-scenes administrative tasks at Village Church, including accounts payable and events. In addition to her responsibilities at Village, she serves as a professional chaplain. Tia is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Criswell College, and Moody Theological Seminary.

    tia@villagechurchoakpark.com


  • BRIAN SWANSON

    ELDER CHAIRMAN


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



  • ANGELITO BERNARDO

    ELDER

    Angelito and his wife Elnora live in River Forest. They have two grown children.



  • JIM TRAGOS

    ELDER

    Jim and his wife Sandy live in River Forest. They have two young children.



  • MARK HALL

    ELDER

    Mark lives in Forest Park.

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.


+ + +


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.





LISTEN TO A MESSAGE >