Faith Partnerships

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.

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Saturday, November 5, 2022

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

Many faith communities across the city on Saturday, November 5 gathered to give their holiday season a BOOST in a shared moment of prayer for COVID-safe celebrations. COVID-19 is still here, and being up-to-date on vaccines offer the best protection from severe outcomes. This includes updated vaccines/bivalent boosters designed to protect against the Omicron variants currently circulating.

Last year, on November 6, nearly eight thousand Chicagoans across all denominations in all of Chicago’s 77 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 150 places of worship took part in Day of Prayer activities, praying for healing and comfort for families who have suffered illness, loss, and pain over the past 20 months, and for safety in the City of Chicago.


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2022 Chicago Day of Prayer Faith Participants and Locations

Faith Leader House of Worship Name House of Worship Address Zip Code House of Worship Phone Number Denomination
Pastor Reginal W. Sharpe, Jr. Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church 4543 S. Princeton Ave 60609 773-934-3232 Baptist
Rev. Dr. Rodney C. Walker St. Matthew United Methodist Church 1000 N. Orleans Street 60610 312-337-7111 Methodist
Rev. George Daniels First Baptist Congregational Church 1613 W. Washington Blvd 60612 312-243-9789  Baptist
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Clopton, Sr. Cosmopolitan Community Church 5249 S. Wabash Ave 60615 773-536-3610 Non-Denomination
Rev. Troy K. Venning Quinn Chapel AMC Church 2401 S. Wabash Ave 60616 312-791-1846 Methodist
Sister Patricia Jackson Advocate Partners of Faith & Health Network 2320 E. 93rd Street 60617 773-967-5605 Faith Based
Pastor James Flint, Jr. Calvary Baptist Church 8247 S. Jeffery Blvd 60617 773-374-3612 Baptist
Sister Danicia Jackson Power of Gratitude Ministries: Praying at Advocate Fath & Health Trinity Hospital 2320 E. 93rd Street 60617 773-967-2000 Non-Denomination
Sister Danicia Jackson Power of Gratitude Ministries 4021 W. 93rd Place, Oak Lawn 60618 773-383-2645 Non-Denomination
Ousmane Drame, Imam Masjid Al Farooq 8950 S. Stony Island Ave 60617 773-359-4730 Muslim
Bishop Larry D. Trotter Sweet Holy Spirit Church 8621 S. South Chicago Ave 60617  N/A Baptist
Rev. P. Devon Brown St. Mark United Methodist Church 8441 S. Saint Lawrence Ave 60619 773-846-2992 Methodist
Bishop Horace Smith, M.D. and Pastor Yolanda Hunt Apostolic Faith Church/Praying at Rehoboth Apostolic Worship Church  9130 S. Vincennes  60620 773-239-3032   Apostolic
Pastor Gary and Michelle Longbey The Refuge Sanctuary 1505 W. 63rd St 60620 708-925-6058 Non-Denomination
Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin Oakdale Covenant Church 9440 S. Vincennes Ave 60620 773-779-9440 Evangelical
Bishop Timothy Pleasant, Sr. Anointed Vessel Ministries 1543 S. Pulaski Road 60623 773-656-5106 Baptist
Pastor Andre Fluker All Nations Church of God in Christ 1525 S. Pulaski Road 60623 773-512-9295 C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Paco Amador New Life Community Church - Little Village 2657 S. Lawndale Ave 60623 773-762-0270 Non-Denomination
Father Larry Dowling St. Agatha Catholic Church 3147 W. Douglas Blvd 60623 773-522-3050  Catholic
Pastor Anthony Spencer One Church Chicago 4344 W. Madison Street 60624 773-651-0071 Non-Denomination
Pastor Michael Eaddy People's Church of the Harvest COGIC 3570 W. Fifth Ave 60624 773-533-6877  C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Jimmy Harris Christian Covenant MB Church 200 W. 115th Street 60628 773-218-6700 Baptist
Dr. John Fuder Chicagoland United in Prayer (20th District Police Station) 5400 N. Lincoln Ave 60625 312-742-8714  Non-Denomination
Pastor Jorge Fuentes IGLESIA DE CRISTO ELIM 5232 N. Western Ave 60625 847-414-0248  Non-Denomination
Pastor Jason LaLonde Park Community Church 6631 N. Bosworth Ave 60626 N/A  Non-Denomination
Pastor Eric Booker Greater Tabernacle Cathedral 11300 S. Dr Martin Luther King Jr Drive 60628 773-264-9000 C.O.G.I.C.
Pastor Jimmy Harris Christian Covenant MB Church 200 W. 115th Street 60628   Baptist
Pastor James T. Meeks Salem Baptist Church of Chicago 752 E. 114th Street 60628   Baptist
Pastor Leonardo Gilbert Sheldon Heights Church of Christ 11325 S. Halsted Street 60628 773-568-2929 Christian
Pastor Larry Linder Soul Reviving MB Church 9537 S. Perry Ave 60628 773-995-1087 Baptist
Pastor Jacki Belile  Living Well Ministries/Eden UCC 5051 W. Gunnison Street 60630 773-283-5557 Protestant 
Bishop Dwight Gunn Heritage International Christian Church 5312 W. North Ave 60639 773-237-9600 Christian
Dr. Zenobia Sowell Bethel Mennonite Community Church 1434 S. Laflin St 60644 312-421-3871 Christian
Pastor John T. Abercrombie Zoe Life Ministries International 5151 W. Madison St 60644 773-854-1092 Non-Denomination
Rev. Phalese Binion Westside Ministers' Coalition 415 N. Laramie 60644 773-895-9420  Non-Denomination
Rev. Sarah B. Miller South Shore United Methodist Church 7350 S. Jeffrey Blvd 60649 773-752-6233 Methodist
Father Robert Kelly, SVD Our Lady of Africa Parish-Tolton Site 4058 S. Michigan Ave 60653 773-642-6532 Catholic
Rev. James R. Bryson, Jr. First Church of Deliverance 4315 S. Wabash Ave 60653 773-373-7700 Pentecostal
Pastor Byron Whitehead Mount Carmel Bible Church 632 E. 42nd Street 60653 773-624-3690  Non-Denomination
Pastor Alka Lyall Broadway United Methodist Church 3338 N. Broadway St, Chicago Illinois 60657 773-348-2679 Methodist

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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.

Faith Leaders Place of Worship Address Denomination Certificate
Pastor David Ballard Sunrise M.B. Church 6159 S. Aberdeen Baptist Approved
Pastor Ray Berryhill Resurrected Life Church 4538 W. Fullerton Multi Cultural Approved
Phalese Binion Westside Minister's Coalition P.O. Box 51547 Multi Cultural Approved
Pastor Eric Booker Greater Tabernacle Cathedral 11300 S. King Drive  C.O.G.I.C Approved
Pastor Bryson/Mister Robin Anderson First Church of Deliverance 4315 S. Wabash Spiritual Approved
Pastor Marcus T. Clemons Kingdom Baptist Church  301 N. Central Ave Baptist  Approved
Rev. Nicholas Desmond Our Lady of Mercy Church  4432 N Troy Catholic Pending Approval
Pastor Michael Eaddy People's Church of the Harvest 3570 W. 5th Ave C.O.G.I.C Approved
Pastor Epting Hope Community Church 5900 West Iowa Christian Approved
Pastor Reshorma Fitzpatrick Stone Temple Church  3622 W. Douglas Baptist Approved
Doc Fuder (John Fuder) Chicagoland Pray 222 S. Riverside Plaza  Non-denominational Pending Approval
Pastor Hannah/Clark New Life Covenant Church 7621 S. Greenwood Non-denominational Approved
Minister Lynda Gathings Faith UMC 335 W. 75th. St. Methodist Approved
Elder Leonardo Gilbert / Teresa Gilbert Sheldon Heights Church of God 11325 S. Halsted Christian Approved
Pastor J Rayford Goodwin Mount Olive Baptist 6353 S. Marshfield Baptist  Approved
Reverend Christopher E. Griffin St. Martin's Episcopal Church 5700 W. Midway Park  Episcopal Pending Approval
Rev. Dr Darrell Griffin Oakdale Covenant Church 9440 S. Vincennes Christian Approved
Bishop Dwight Gunn Heritage International Christian 5312 W. North Christian Approved
Bishop Tyrone Harrington Greater Morning View Baptist Church 2335 E. 100th St Baptist Approved
Pastor Chris Harris Bright Star Church of God In Christ 735 E. 44th St. C.O.G.I.C Approved
Pastor Chris Harris St. James Ministries 11750 South Lowe C.O.G.I.C  Approved
Rev. Marshall Hatch New Mt Pilgrim MB Church 4301 W. Washington  Baptist  Approved
Pastor Paul Jakes  New Tabernacle of Faith  531 N. Kedzie Ave Baptist  Approved
Sister Loretta Johnson  Second Mt Vernon Church  7922 S. Hoyne Ave Baptist  Approved
Rev. Watson Jones III Compassion Baptist Church  2650 E. 95th St.  Baptist  Pending 
Father Bob Kelly/ Sister Ladell Our Lady of Africa Parish 615 E Oakwood   Catholic Approved
Betti Lewis with Health Ministries St. Mark UMC 8441 S St. Lawrence Methodist Approved
Carolyn Linder South Revival Missionary Baptist Church 9537 S. Prairie Baptist Approved
Pastor Larue Kidd True Light Baptist 7300 S. Maryland Baptist Approved
Pastor James T. Meeks Salem Baptist Church 752 E. 114th St. Baptist Pending Approval
Pastor Johnny Miller Mt. Vernon Baptist Church 2622 W. Jackson Baptist Approved
Brother Greg Mitchell Masjid Al Farooq 8950 S. Stony Island Muslim Pending Approval
Sister Cyndy Olivares Iglesia Immaculada Church 2944 E 88th St Catholic Approved
Pator Julio Pena / Sister Sandra Silva Good Sheperd Presbyterian Church 5550 S Merrimac  Presbyterian Approved
Rev. Charles Rogers Greater Mt Vernon Baptist Church 8700 S. Laflin Baptist Approved
Sister Annie Russell West Point Baptist Church 3572 S. Cottage Grove Baptist  Approved
Pastor Sharpe Fellowship M.B. Church 4543 S. Princeton Baptist Approved
Rev. David Simonetti St. Floridin 13145 S Houstoon  Catholic  Pending
Pastor Donald Smith Holy Jerusalem M.B. Church 2335 E. 100th St. Baptist  Approved
Bishop H. Smith Apostolic Faith 3823 S. Indiana PAW Pending Approval
Pastor Kenyatta Smith  Another Chance Church 9550 S. Harvard  Baptist  Approved
Pastor David Sutton Bread Life of MB Church 1924 W. 63rd St. Christian Approved
Pastor Sean Kelly Tatum Sr. Mason Temple COGIC 6098 N 35th St.  Milwaukee, WI C.O.G.I.C Approved
Apostle Darlyn C. Turner Liberty Temple 2233 W. 79th St. Apostolic Approved
Elder Loretta C. Turner Liberty Temple 2233W. 79th St. Apostolic Approved
Pastor Norman Tyson Westside Minister's Coalition - St. John's Willing Worker's Church 5820 W. Division St. Non-denominational Approved
Apostle Angela Walker God's House of Devine Revelation 6801 S. Bell Non-denominational Approved
Roosevelt Watkins Bethlehem Star Church 9231 S. Cottage Baptist Approved
Bishop David Whittley First Corinthian Temple C.O.G.I.C 4520 W. Washington Blvd C.O.G.I.C Approved
Sister Maria Maple Park United Methodist Church 11705 Elizabeth Methodist Approved

Any faith institution can take part in the I’ll Hold Your Hand initiative. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Contact Minster Sandra Robinson Cunningham at to get resources and information, and be added to the list of participating places of worship.
  • Step 2: Encourage members of your faith community to compete the City’s online Vaccine Ambassadors Course.
  • Step 3: Connect your ambassadors to people in the community who need additional support, "hold their hands” and help them get vaccinated.

Anyone can become an ambassador, organized and deployed to vaccination events through participating places of worship (list coming soon).

The process is easy, and the benefits are rewarding: 

  • Step 1: Complete the City’s online Vaccine Ambassadors Course.
  • Step 2: Print your certificate and take it to a participating place of worship.
  • Step 3: Join their vaccination team and start providing additional moral support at various vaccination events.

List of participating places of worship is coming soon.


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.

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