Faith Leaders

Strong partnerships with trusted community organizations - like Chicago's faith communities - allow the City to meet people where they are and connect them to COVID-19 vaccine resources. From the beginning, the support of faith leaders has ensured that all Chicagoans have access to lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

Chicago Day of Prayer

Saturday, November 4, 2023

No matter where you live, or how you worship – prayer is universal. 

On Saturday, November 4, faith leaders across all denominations in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods will pause for a shared moment of prayer for a COVID-safe season of prayer and protection.

COVID-19 is still here, and being up-to-date on vaccines offer the best protection from severe outcomes. This includes the new updated COVID vaccine designed to protect against the COVID variants currently circulating.

Since 2021, over 14,000 Chicagoans across all denominations in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods paused for a shared moment of prayer for COVID-safe holidays – in churches, on street corners, at local police stations alongside officers, and more. More than 250 places of worship have participated in the Chicago Day of Prayer activities, praying for healing and comfort for families who have suffered illness, loss, and pain and for safety in the City of Chicago.

Chicago Day of Prayer 2023

2023 Chicago Day of Prayer Faith Participants and Locations

Faith Leader Place of Worship Address Zip Phone Neighborhood
William Crowder Park Manor Christian Church 600 E. 73rd 60619 773-483-2115 Chatham
Shakespeare Osorio Central Spanish Baptist Church 4401 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago IL 60641 60641 773-407-8812 Irving Park
Darlene Thomas New Life SDA Church 5001 South Hermitage Avenue 60609 773-434-8178 New City
Evelyn Ross New Evangelical Bible Church 4636 W. Washington Blvd 60644 773-379-0239 Austin
Michele Kinnie First Church of Deliverance 4315 S. Wabash Ave. 60653 773-373-7700 Bronzeville
New Evangelical New Evangelical Bible Church 4636 W. Washington Blvd. 60144 773-379-0239 Austin
Wynetta Frazier Life Center Church of God In Christ 5500 S. Indiana Ave. 60637 773-643-5866 Washington Park
Bill Ellis APC Morgan Park 11401 S. Vincennes 60643 773-881-6900 Morgan Park
Jessica Scott Chicago Police Department 7808 S. Halsted 60620 773-658-2608 Auburn Gresham
Dr. Carol Collum True Believers Community Connections 459 W. 79th Street 60620 773-966-5651 Auburn Gresham
Bishop Simon Gordon Triedstone Church of Chicago 1415 West 104th Street 60643 773-881-7710 Morgan Park
Damian Epps Mount Calvary Baptist Church 1259 West 111th Street 60643 773-239-4000 Morgan Park
Michelle Longbey The Refuge Sanctuary 1458 W. 87th Street 69620 708-925-6058 Auburn Gresham
Lynn Munson Triedstone Church of Chicago 1415 West 104th Street 60643 773-881-7710 Morgan Park
Patricia Jackson Advocate Gratitude Room 2320 East 93rd St. 60617 773-967-5605 Pullman
David Whittlet Corinthian Temple COGIC 4520 W. Washington Blvd. 60624 708-218-6259 West Garfield Park
Pastor Andre Fluker All Nations Church of God in Christ 1525 S. Pulaski Rd. 60409 773-512-9295 North Lawndale
Dwight Gunn Heritage Church 5312 W. North Ave. 60639 773-237-9600 Austin
Fred Walker Heritage International Christian Church 5312 W. North Ave. 60639 773-237-9600 Austin
Ladell Johnson Our Lady of Africa/ Tolton Site 44 E. 41St Street 60653 773-642-6532 Grand Boulevard
Pastor D. Darrell Griffin Oakdale Covenant Church 9440 S. Vincennes Ave. 60620 773-779-9440 Auburn Gresham
Phalese Binion Westside Ministries' Coalition 415 N. Laramie Ave. 60644 773-895-9420 Austin
Rev. Emma Mosley Westpoint Missionary Baptist Church 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 60653 773-538-7590 Near South Side
Pastor Larry Linder Soul-Reviving Missionary Baptist Church 9537 S. Perry Ave. 60628 773-995-1087 Near South Side
Pastor Damian Epps Mount Calvary Baptist Church 1259 W. 111th Street 60643 773-239-4000 Near South Side
Roberta Rogers Park Community Church South Loop 1550 S. State Street 60605 312-361-0500 Near South Side
Shawanda Leonard McCloud Baptist Church Without Spot Or Wrinkle 9322 S. Halsted St. 60620 773-882-7479 Washington Heights
Lajuan Whitfield New Life Holiness Church 5440 W. Gladys Ave. 60644 773-683-5433 Austin
James Sheldou Living Sacrifice Ministries, Inc. 11824 S. Western Ave. 60406 708-250-4129 Beverly
Dr. Verndale Sheldou Living Sacrifice Ministries, Inc. 11824 S. Western Ave. 60406 708-250-4129 Beverly
Pastor Gregory Austin New Day Ministries International 3801 W. 83rd Place 60620 773-767-6329 Near South Side
Pastor Derrick Fitzpatrick Stone Temple Church 3622 W. Douglas Ave. 60623 773-762-0013 Near South Side
Pastor Larry Dowly Saint Agatha 3147 W. Douglas Ave. 60623 773-522-3050 Near West Side
Pastor Dr. Anne McCall First Immanuel Lutheran Church 1124 S. Ashland Ave. 60607 312-733-6886 Near West Side
Pastor Dr. Charlie Dates Salem Baptist Church 753 E. 114th Street 60628    

Watch the 2022 Chicago Day of Prayer


Every day, faith communities across the city provide support and comfort to those who are fearful, anxious, and in need of additional guidance. Building upon this premise, the I’ll Hold Your Hand Vaccine Ambassador Program gives faith communities the opportunity to organize members to provide hands-on support – literally – and hold the hand of a person struggling to get vaccinated because of fear.

I’ll Hold Your Hand is part of the Protect Chicago 77 initiative to ensure that 77 percent of all Chicago residents ages 12 and up have started their COVID-19 vaccination series by the end of the year.
Faith Leaders Place of Worship Address Denomination
Apostle Darlyn C. Turner, Bishop Horace Smith Apostolic Faith Church 3823 S. Indiana Apostolic
Elder Loretta C. Turner Liberty Temple 2233 W. 79th St. Apostolic
Pastor Kenyatta Smith Another Chance Church 9550 S. Harvard Baptist
Pastor Roosevelt Watkins Bethlehem Star Church 9231 S. Cottage Baptist
Pastor David Sutton Bread of Life M.B. Church 1924 W. 63rd St. Baptist
Rev. Watson Jones III Compassion Baptist Church 2650 E. 95th St. Baptist
Rev. Reginald W. Sharpe Jr. Fellowship M.B. Church 4543 S. Princeton Baptist
Rev. Charles Rogers Greater Mt. Vernon Baptist Church 8700 S. Laflin Baptist
Bishop Tyrone Harrington Greater Morning View Baptist Church 2335 E. 100th St. Baptist
Pastor Donald Smith Holy Jerusalem M.B. Church 2335 E. 100th St. Baptist
Pastor Marcus T. Clemons Kingdom Baptist Church 301 N. Central Ave. Baptist
Pastor J Rayford Goodwin Mount Olive Baptist 6353 S. Marshfield Baptist
Pastor Johnny Miller Mt. Vernon Baptist Church 2622 W. Jackson Baptist
Rev. Marshall Hatch New Mt Pilgrim M.B. Church 4301 W. Washington Baptist
Pastor Paul Jakes New Tabernacle of Faith 531 N. Kedzie Ave. Baptist
Pastor Kevin McDonald Second Mt. Vernon Church 7922 S. Hoyne Ave Baptist
Pastor James T. Meeks Salem Baptist Church 752 E. 114th St. Baptist
Rev. Larry Linder Soul Reviving M.B. Church 9537 S. Prairie Baptist
Pastor Reshorna Fitzpatrick Stone Temple Church 3622 W. Douglas Baptist
Pastor David Ballard Sunrise M.B. Church 6159 S. Aberdeen Baptist
Pastor Larue Kidd True Light Baptist 7300 S. Maryland Baptist
Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes West Point Baptist Church 3572 S. Cottage Grove Baptist
Sister Cyndy Olivares Iglesia Immaculada Church 2944 E. 88th St. Catholic
Father Bob Kelly Our Lady of Africa Parish 615 E. Oakwood Catholic
Rev. Nicholas Desmond Our Lady of Mercy Church 4432 N. Troy Catholic
Rev. David Simonetti St. Florian Church (Christ Our Light) 13145 S. Houston Catholic
Rev. Dr Darrell Griffin Oakdale Covenant Church 9440 S. Vincennes Christian
Bishop Dwight Gunn Heritage International Christian 5312 W. North Christian
Pastor Steve Epting Hope Community Church 5900 W. Iowa Christian
Elder Leonardo Gilbert Sheldon Heights Church of God 11325 S. Halsted Christian
Pastor Chris Harris Bright Star Church of God In Christ 735 E. 44th St. C.O.G.I.C.
Bishop David Whittley First Corinthian Temple 4520 W. Washington Blvd. C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Eric Booker Greater Tabernacle Cathedral 11300 S. King Drive C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Michael Eaddy People's Church of the Harvest 3570 W. 5th Ave. C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Chris Harris St. James Ministries 11750 S. Lowe C.O.G.I.C.
Rev. Christopher E. Griffin St. Martin's Episcopal Church 5700 W. Midway Park Episcopal
Rev. Audrea Nanabray Faith United Methodist Church 335 W. 75th. St. Methodist
Rev. Dr. Janette C Wilson Maple Park United Methodist Church 11705 S. Elizabeth St. Methodist
Rev. P. Devon Brown St. Mark United Methodist Church 8441 S. St. Lawrence Methodist
Pastor Ray Berryhill Resurrected Life Church 4538 W. Fullerton Multi Cultural
Rev. Phalese Binion Westside Minister's Coalition P.O. Box 51547 Multi Cultural
Brother Greg Mitchell Masjid Al Farooq 8950 S. Stony Island Muslim
John (Doc) Fuder Chicagoland United in Prayer 222 S. Riverside Plaza Non-denominational
Apostle Angela Walker God's House of Devine Revelation 6801 S. Bell Non-denominational
Pastor John Hannah New Life Covenant Church 7621 S. Greenwood Non-denominational
Pastor Norman Tyson Westside Minister's Coalition - St. John's Willing Worker's Church 5820 W. Division St. Non-denominational
Pastor Julio Pena Good Shepard Presbyterian Church 5550 S. Merrimac Presbyterian
Pastor James Bryson First Church of Deliverance 4315 S. Wabash Spiritual

Any faith institution can take part in the I’ll Hold Your Hand initiative. Contact Minster Sandra Robinson Cunningham at to get resources and information, and be added to the list of participating places of worship.

Reach out to one of the participating places of worship listed above to have someone hold your hand.