Our purpose is to evangelize, edify, and equip people to be true worshipers and effective representatives of Jesus Christ so that we all may “stand confident and unashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28).
Looking for a church?
We invite you to visit us in the heart of downtown Chicago at the intersection of Lincoln Park and Old Town. The Moody Church has the privilege of connecting people like you with God and others. From the moment you walk in the front door, you’ll experience a diverse church family, alive in Christ and united in our pursuit to bring God glory in Chicago and around the world. Our church is filled with people from over 70 countries whose lives have been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, we’ve been celebrating the joy of changed lives since 1864. Regardless of your background, you’ll find a place to fit in and to connect with God and others.
What makes us unique?
In today’s digital age, great content from the world’s best speakers and production music is available at everyone’s fingertips. While we have world-class preaching and quality music every Sunday, what you can’t find online is authentic relationships with other people.
One of the unique aspects of our church is our Communities (adult Sunday schools) and small group emphasis. We believe that people thrive in their spiritual journey when they are able to walk side by side with others. So we encourage you to visit one of our communities, meet some new people, and engage in life with them.
We’re excited about what’s going on at The Moody Church, and we hope you are too. it’s great to see God at work in our people and our ministries. There’s always so much going on – so sign up for our email newsletter.
Our Pastoral Staff
Bill joined the staff of the church in October 1994 after a year teaching in Nigeria and an internship at College Church in Wheaton. He received a B.A. from Biola University in 1988; an M. Div. from The Master’s Seminary in 1991 and a Th. M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1993. He completed the Doctor … [Read More...] Bill Bertsche
On May 22, 2016, after 36 years of faithful service as Senior Pastor of The Moody Church, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer transitioned to the role of Pastor Emeritus. In this role he acts as a “goodwill ambassador” for The Moody Church, continuing his broadcast, speaking, and writing ministry in Chicago and around the world. Pastor … [Read More...] Erwin Lutzer
Interim Teaching Pastor Ed Stetzer is an author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter, and Christian missiologist. He holds the recently-created Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the … [Read More...] Ed Stetzer
Kirk desires to help young adults grow their maturity and identity in Christ, enabling them to thrive for God’s glory within the cultural and vocational context He has called them. He graduated with a BPE in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick, a MA in Biblical Studies from Moody Theological Seminary, and a … [Read More...] Kirk Baker
Michael joined the staff of The Moody Church in the summer of 2008. He gives leadership and oversight to our Sunday Night Service, as well as Thrive (Junior High Ministry), Revolution (High School Ministry), and the church’s summer camps. Michael’s goal is that every believer would see that the local church, through the power of … [Read More...] Michael Best
Pastor Bob Gunter assumed the position of Pastor for Families and Stewardship at The Moody Church in August of 2008, after serving previously as an Elder and teacher of the YourMarriageYourFamily class. Before joining the church staff, Bob was a Vice President and General Counsel of the Moody Bible Institute for nine years where he … [Read More...] Bob Gunter
Larry McCarthy, Jr.
Larry McCarthy serves as the Pastor of Senior Adults and Compassion Ministries at The Moody Church. He oversees a variety of ministries that seek to make Christ known to those who are often forgotten. Larry also leads the In Focus Community. Larry and his wife Lemita and their children live in Chicago.
As Pastor for Community Life, Mark is responsible for helping The Moody Church members catch a vision for what it would be like to live a totally God-centered life and for getting people connected into nurturing relationships that promote a God-centered life. His main responsibilities include TMC Communities and Small Groups. He also helps to … [Read More...] Mark Pirrie
Josue R. Reyes has served as the Hispanic Ministry Pastor since the fall of 2014. He was born into a Mexican-American family in Mexico City; he and his family moved to Texas in 1990. Josue attended the University of North Texas and graduated with a BA in Radio / Television / Film. In 1999, he … [Read More...] Josue Reyes
Tim Stafford has been on the music ministry staff at The Moody Church since 2001, serving as the Pastor of Music Ministries since September 2008. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Moody Bible Institute in the Sacred Music Department. He graduated with a sacred music degree from MBI in 2001 and completed a … [Read More...] Tim Stafford
Eric joined the staff of The Moody Church in 2013. He gives leadership and oversight to the College (Crossroads) and Disability (139) Ministries. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Moody Bible Institute. Originally from New York, Eric has lived in Chicago since 2009. He was born into a Puerto Rican-Jewish family and came … [Read More...] Eric Targe