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The Emanuel Church of God in Christ is a 50-year-old institution located in the West Lawndale community on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. Emanuel has been located in the community since its inception. Founded in the year 1956 by the Late Bishop Christopher C. Owens, Emanuel was founded as a family oriented community minded church. Under the leadership of current Pastor, Elder Michael Richardson, Emanuel has continued to broaden its community outreach efforts. Emanuel’s community goals are to nourish, direct, provide leadership by example, give hope and possibilities as well as partner with the community in its efforts to resurrect life and revitalize community pride. Through rich summer and winter outreach programs, the church has been able to bless community residents with clothing, food, school supplies, toys and other staple necessities. But Emanuel also dispenses love and hope to the community.


 Emanuel is a progressive, passionate Bible believing church that teaches hope through faith in Jesus Christ. Our teaching ministries are designed to reach the spiritual and sociological needs of man. Elder Richardson , much like Bishop Owens, believes in strong education initiatives in both secular and spiritual disciplines. Teaching is carried out in our Sunday school (5 age appropriate classes), Mid-week Bible classes (3 age appropriate classes) and Pastoral Teachings.


Emanuel is a member of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). The COGIC is a 100 year old International Pentecostal body that is the second largest African American ecumenical organization in the world. The COGIC is currently under the leadership of Bishop Charles E. Blake of Los Angeles , California . He follows a long line of great leaders such as Bishop G.E. Patterson and Bishop L.H. Ford. Emanuel espouses the doctrine of the COGIC and believes in Holiness as a lifestyle of Christian belief.


 Please feel free to browse our site and learn more about who we are. As Pastor Richardson looks to build the community, families, faith, education and hope, our church motto is “Building on a Solid Foundation!" 



The Emanuel Church of God in Christ has been called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to promote and celebrate the worship of God, and to inspire in all persons to pursue a personal relationship with Christ, a passion for holiness, and an awareness of our duties to God and humanity.  We wholly submit to the Holy Spirit to direct and enable us to build upon the proven foundation of our Christian faith to positively impact families, communities and ultimately the world for Christ. 

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