Equipping pastors for exemplary ministry in the local church.

what we do

We provide local pastors with theological enrichment and ministerial encouragement through guided conversations and faithful instruction.

why participate?


Pastors who are local to each other get to meet with a greater frequency than other national organizations may allow. This also allows for personal connections and follow-up meetings between the pastors at their convenience.


Many faithful, theologically serious pastors minister to small churches with minimal elders and staff. They are in need of peer-fellowship with other laborers in the gospel. Other pastors with a larger body of elders and staff may also find the need for fellowship that is not "in-house."

theological growth

The theological tenor of the fellowship is accessible but challenging; many pastors will find that they are encouraged to continue in a depth of education that they have not experienced since seminary (if they were so privileged). For this fellowship, theology does not replace praxis – it precedes and directly informs it.

Watch Lucas O’Neill talk about the mission and vision of CHICAGOLAND GOSPEL NETWORK.

join us

every month

We provide local pastors with theological enrichment and ministerial encouragement through
guided conversations and faithful instruction.

We do this by…

Book Discussion

A monthly conversation about a book or article that serves to enrich our understanding of Scripture and its application to our ministerial contexts.

Topic Discussion

A shorter portion of the monthly conversation dedicated to a members question or concern regarding a challenge in their ministry.

Men's Retreat

A time for CGN pastors to invite men from their churches for a weekend of focus and fellowship, as we look into Scripture in a retreat setting in order to build up our faith and strengthen our walk with Christ.

Pastors Workshop

A semi-annual gathering of pastors for a one-day intensive presentation and discussion of a particular topic in theology or ministry practice.

what we're reading

The Theology of the Book of Revelation

by Richard Bauckham

Richard Bauckham expounds the theology of the Book of Revelation: its understanding of God, Christ and the Spirit, the role of the Church in the world, and the hope of the coming of God's universal kingdom. Close attention is paid both to the literary form in which the theology is expressed and to the original context to which the book was addressed. Contrary to many misunderstandings of Revelation, it is shown to be one of the masterpieces of early Christian literature, with much to say to the Church today. This study offers a unique account of the theology and message of Revelation.

coming events

CGN Book Discussion

November 10th - Discussing The Theology of the Book of Revelation
by Richard Bauckham.

December 3rd - Discussing Arnold Dallimore’s biography of George Whitefield


Lucas O’Neill

Lucas O’Neill is a Clinical Associate Professor of Homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was born in Lawrence, MA, and lived for several years in New Jersey before going to Chicago to study at Moody Bible Institute. After graduating, he married Tina and worked to complete his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at TEDS. In 2007 he was called to pastor Christian Fellowship Church in Itasca, IL where he still serves as Senior Pastor today. In 2015 Lucas received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell.

Dustin Coleman

Dustin has served as pastor at Brainard since December 2011. He is married to his lovely wife Beth and they have four beautiful daughters, Madelyn Grace, Elisabeth Elliot, Molly Catherine, and Charlotte Jane. Dustin has an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and both an Mdiv and Doctorate of Ministry in biblical theology from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is currently a Ph.D student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and blogs at www.theologyalongtheway.org.

Matt Black

Matt is originally from Oak Forest, Illinois though he spent much of his growing up years in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He studied theology and Spanish for his undergrad and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN). He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He has been a foreign missionary in the Madrid and Basque regions of Spain, assisting in the establishment of a church and Christian Camp and enjoys Living Hope’s Spanish ministry (Iglesia Esperanza Viva).

Phill Howell

Phill Howell serves as the Pastor of Preaching for Embassy Church. In October of 2012, Capitol Hill Baptist Church sent the Howell’s to Chicago to partner with Edgewater Baptist Church to start Embassy Church. After a year of praying and exploring Chicago God brought a core group together to start Embassy Church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2017, Phill began working on a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Paul Alexander

Paul serves as the main preaching pastor for Grace Covenant Church. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he served for two years on staff with Campus Crusade at Michigan State University, and then completed an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He was further trained for pastoral ministry in the pastoral internship program at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, where met his wife Laurie in 2003, and co-authored The Deliberate Church with Mark Dever (Crossway, 2005).

Scott Polender

Scott is a Christian, a husband to Jodi and a father to three daughters. He first came to Bethany Chapel when he came to know the Lord Jesus as a junior in college. God called him back to Bethany in February of 2016. Previously, he served as Director of Training at the Charles Simeon Trust as well as a missionary, church planter and minister at churches in several hemispheres. Scott works with The Gospel Coalition in their TGC Learn initiative.


We are committed to the five solas of Reformation theology and the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Scriptures.

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