Church Location & Address:

5701 Midway Park, Chicago, Illinois 60644 (map)

Phone Number:

773 295 6468

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1st Administrative Assistant, Doctor Fragier Funches

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Missionary Sarah Funches

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Praise and Worship Team, Sister Sharon Lucas

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Announcements, Sister Antania Baylock

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Speaking Engagements, Doctor Fragier Funches

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Building History

Greater St. John, originally named First Congregational Church of Austin was built in 1908 under the architect William Drummond.  William Drummond was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.  The building’s iconic design as well as the stain glass windows and ceiling nods to many other Prairie House designs.


Church History

This ministry has been in existence for 58 years.  This ministry started in a store front location, then moved to a larger redesigned firehouse and now to this magnificent architectural piece of art, designed by William Drummond; the student of Frank Lloyd Wright.  We began on Western under the leadership of Elder Johnson.  He pastored the church for (4) years.

After his passing, Bishop John I. Cobb of the Southern Illinois Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction appointed an interim Elder from Greater Holy Temple COGIC to pastor until a new pastor could be installed.  Elder Edward Spence pastored St. John COGIC for 35 years under an interim bases; the interim lasted for 35 years.

Under his leadership, the church grew and moved to a new location.  Many of the original families still attend the church.  One of the first members of St. John, Mother Jessie Lee Clemons, still has family who attends the church.  St. John has seen five generations of the Clemons family in constant membership; Mother Myrtis Clemons-Banks, Sister Mildred Clemons-Nicholas and her daughters, her grandchildren and her great grandson all are still members.    Sister Angela Spence-Bolton, and Sister Shanita Spence- Thompson, who are the daughters of Superintendent Edward Spence, are also members as well as their children.  St John has seen four generations of the Spence family.

Superintendent Edward Spence ascended to glory and the church elected our current Pastor, Doctor Fragier Funches.  Elder Funches had a vision to move the church into a location better suited to house the vision that God gave him for this ministry.  In 2004, we moved to our current location.

We know it was God who has blessed us to be able to move into this location.  Many great things are yet to come through this ministry.  Doctor Funches has been elevated and appointed to the office of 1st Administrative Assistant to Bishop Embra R Patterson, Prelate of the Southern Illinois Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.  We are so honored to have Doctor Funches, an anointed and prolific theologian as our pastor.

Come and visit us and hear the Word the Lord has given him.