We are a family of Christians raising children in Christian faith.
St. John UCC in Arlington Heights, Illinois is a community church whose membership consists of people from several different faith traditions. We are a diverse mix of families and singles, young and old, newcomers and longstanding residents of the community. However, “no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!” Overall, we have hundreds of active members and friends in our congregation, including dozens of children and youth.
Our paid staff includes senior minister the Rev. Michael D. Jones, Pastor, Administrative Assistant, Amanda Spence, and Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries, Erin Velez, Organist, Paul Cochran, Pianist, Linda Styzek, Choir Director, Alberto Mantovano, and Carin Zachar, Bell Director. We are also excited to have a seminary intern this year, Kate Alexander.
St. John UCC embraces the United Church of Christ practice of an “extravagant welcome” to all who enter our doors. No matter where you are on life’s journey, we believe you can find a church home with us. At the same time, we also believe that there are some segments of our society that may still need a special invitation to feel welcomed since their past experiences have not always been positive. The United Church of Christ has a designation of “Open and Affirming” for churches that have studied, prayed, and publicly voted to openly and unequivocally include all persons, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, and queer, within their congregational life.
Our Mission Statement
St. John was founded to raise children in Christian faith. We are a family of Christians. We are made part of this universal family through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We seek the unconditional love that is offered through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Along with our ancestors, we make our church a fertile base for spiritual growth. We lovingly accept each person and gently set boundaries to demonstrate how to grow in Christian faith. We worship together celebrating the glory and majesty of God to strengthen our faith. We share with others God’s gifts to us to demonstrate faith. We educate our children so they grow in their own faith. We contribute our love and time to anyone in need so that no child of God will ever be alone. In a constantly changing world, St. John will change with the times. As we move into a second century of ministry, we rededicate ourselves to raise more children in Christian faith.