Welcome to FUMC

Our worshiping congregation is a group of people who are diverse in age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic situation, and religious background.   We gather to share the journey we each take in experiencing God and working to make disciples for Jesus Christ.

 

We worship every Sunday at 10:00 am in an experience that celebrates and glorifies God through prayer, music, praise and the spoken word. Everyone is welcome to join us in person in our sanctuary and online.

 

At First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, we believe that faith is a journey, a journey shared in a supportive community.

 

We invite you to review this site and Plan Your Visit to learn more about us—our ministries, our congregation, as well as our historic church building. Our journey is both life-affirming and life-sustaining. We welcome fellow travelers on the journey of life!

First time at First United Methodist Church Oak Park?

Don't want to go alone?

Or maybe you've been a few times but you'd like to meet Rev. Reid, take a tour of the bulding, or meet some new people?

 

Plan Your Visit now and we will:

  • meet you at the front door OR online when you log on
  • introduce you to some great people
  • help you get your kids situated and comfortable
  • give you a tour of the church
  • make sure you meet Rev. Reid

 

 

Plan Your Visit now and we will treat you like family from the start.

What We Believe

Our core beliefs are reflected in the Apostles' Creed:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Our Church History

First United Methodist Church of Oak Park was the first established congregation to settle in the Oak Park area. Established in 1870, the congregation worshiped in a small one room school house. Under the name of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Oak Park, a church was erected on Lake Street, near Forest Avenue, which opened for worship in 1874. The church grew and flourished and, anticipating the need for expansion, purchased the land for our present site in the early 1920’s. Plans for the new church building were being developed when the old church was destroyed by fire in 1923. Built between 1923 and 1925, our current church building was dedicated in March of 1925. Our history is rich with a tradition of meaningful Christian ministry in our congregation, community, and for those in need. We carry forward the spirit of the past while we meet the spiritual needs of today’s people.

 

Our historic church building was designed by Tallmadge and Watson in the modern English Gothic Revival style. Built with Bedford limestone, the building features a Memorial Tower and Memorial Chapel. Designated an Oak Park Historic Landmark in 2005, the design and the blueprints of the church are preserved at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent renovations have been made to maintain and enhance the building’s original features.

 

The stained-glass windows, designed by Giannini and Hilgart, were installed in the sanctuary as memorial gifts between 1957 and 1966. The windows depict Jesus’ life and ministry, his apostles, and Old Testament prophets.

 

While we our surrounded by history, the life within the building is focused on the present and the future. HOPE IS HERE! 

 

We are excited about the new blessings revealed to us each day and our work to create disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is our focus. Whether it is welcoming the curious and the new to our Membership Exploration Classes or continuning our growth in one of our study groups, we know getting to know and experience God is a never ending road.

 

Our next chapter is still to be written.  But our core values of serving others, working for justice, and growing in faith are sure to be a part of it!  Come and help us write the next chapter of our service of God and God's people in our community!

Our Church Staff

Pastor Adonna Reid First UMC Church Oak Park IL

Hails from Montclair, New Jersey where she grew up the younger of two daughters. From an early age, Rev. Reid was active in church.  Her faith and church involvement helped sustain her on the campuses of Yale and Harvard, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration, respectively. She also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, after which she was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church.

 

Prior to assuming the leadership of First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, Rev. Reid served as Lead Pastor at South Shore UMC and as Associate Pastor at St. Mark UMC, both located on the southside of Chicago. She has served on various boards and committees in the denomination and in the community. Her work has reflected her desire to see all of God's children thrive and achieve their God-given potential through worship and activities that provide opportunities for growth and development.  A particular passion is seeing others come to faith and the transformation that brings as people grow as committed followers of Jesus. Rev. Reid relies on the power of prayer as the undergirding force in her ministry and life.

 

Rev. Reid has been married to her graduate school sweetheart, N. Neville Reid who is a practicing attorney, since 1988. The couple has five children-- Julian, Winston, Everett, Emmanuel, and Rebecca, and daughter-in-law, Carmen.  Rev. Reid is a member of several civic organizations including Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

Pastor, Children and Family Ministries -

 Deacon Wesley Dorr

Deacon Wes is originally from Mississippi but has made his home and work in Illinois for quite some time. He is an Inspirational leader of elementary school-age services and programs that impact the social, physical and emotional development and well-being of children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Dedicated champion of providing a secure and equitable environment that allows every child, including LGBTQIA, to feel seen, heard, and connected. Deacon Wes previously served at FUMC of Downers Grove as well as United Church of Rogers Park. Wes and his wife, Charlotte, have a son, Brennan.

Music Director & Organist, Bill Underwood

Bill Underwood and his wife, Adrianne Cury, are long-time residents of Oak Park. He has a daughter, Katie, a son, Will, and four grandsons, Noah, Jack, Teddy, and Liam. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in Music Education and did graduate work in composition at Florida State University. He has worked in a wide variety of churches since his first engagement as an organist at the age of fifteen at his home church; Beulah United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He has also worked extensively as a jazz, cabaret, and theatre musician; receiving Joseph Jefferson Citations for original music, and music direction. Since 2007 he has been the resident music director at The Theatre at the Center in Munster, Indiana. He has played and written arrangements for many albums, including the just released, ‘Quiet Nights’, with Chicago-singer, Bradford Newquist. As a pianist he has played for Aretha Franklin, Diahann Carroll, Lillianne Montevechi, Bobby Vinton, and Tiny Tim.

Facilities Manager, Wojciech Gracz

Custodian, Victor Brown