The Chicago Partnership
 
Our vision is to see a movement of church planting in Chicago that helps Jesus Christ to be tangible in every neighborhood in our city.
— Jon Dennis, Holy Trinity Church

The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting has helped to plant 21 churches in the last eight years, partnering with a core number of churches and Redeemer City to City. The initial vision came in the summer of 2000 when a few Chicago leaders attended a conference in London on church planting, which featured the teaching of leaders from Sydney, Chicago, New York, and London. Tim Keller made the point that “no one church can reach a city by itself.” After praying for several years, The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting launched in 2009 with three initial churches each contributing $25,000 to help fund church planters. Since then, the organization has continued to grow in number and scope, continuing to train and fund church leaders.

The Chicago Partnership has a vision of planting over 100 in Chicago over the next ten years by:

  • Accelerating the church planting movement in our divided and segregated city by building relationships with leaders across cultural, racial, economic, and generational divides.

  • Training and equipping church leaders, church planters, and church revitalizers through our Leadership Cohort.

  • Providing continued support to leaders through one-on-one coaching, funding, and training events.

  • Working alongside other church-planting organizations in the Chicagoland area to multiply a movement of new and revitalized churches.

 

OUR Board & Staff

DERRICK PUCKETT   President  Planted Renewal Church of Chicago in 2014   Derrick Puckett is the Lead Pastor and Church Planter of  Renewal Church of Chicago  and serves as President of The Chicago Partnership. He and his wife, Kaley, moved to Chicago in 2013 to plant a Gospel centered disciple making multi-ethnic church. Renewal started in 2014 and has been thriving ever since. Derrick has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. Derrick and Kaley have 4 beautiful daughters, Ramiyah, Elyana, Isabelle and Nalah and a new son, DJ.

DERRICK PUCKETT
President

Planted Renewal Church of Chicago in 2014

Derrick Puckett is the Lead Pastor and Church Planter of Renewal Church of Chicago and serves as President of The Chicago Partnership. He and his wife, Kaley, moved to Chicago in 2013 to plant a Gospel centered disciple making multi-ethnic church. Renewal started in 2014 and has been thriving ever since. Derrick has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Masters of Divinity from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. Derrick and Kaley have 4 beautiful daughters, Ramiyah, Elyana, Isabelle and Nalah and a new son, DJ.

JON DENNIS   Chair & City Leader  Planted Holy Trinity Church in 1998   Jon Dennis serves as the chairman and city leader for The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting, which he helped to establish over 5 years ago. Jon is a founding pastor and the Senior Pastor of  Holy Trinity Church  in Chicago, a multi-ethnic church with congregations in Pilsen, Hyde Park, Downtown and the North Side. He currently serves on the Executive Team of Redeemer City to City for North America. He serves on several boards including The Charles Simeon Trust (which he helped to found) and Crossway Books. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Amy, and has five children.

JON DENNIS
Chair & City Leader

Planted Holy Trinity Church in 1998

Jon Dennis serves as the chairman and city leader for The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting, which he helped to establish over 5 years ago. Jon is a founding pastor and the Senior Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, a multi-ethnic church with congregations in Pilsen, Hyde Park, Downtown and the North Side. He currently serves on the Executive Team of Redeemer City to City for North America. He serves on several boards including The Charles Simeon Trust (which he helped to found) and Crossway Books. He lives in Hyde Park with his wife, Amy, and has five children.

ROD PENNER   Vice Chair and Director of Capital    Elder at Park Community Church   Rod serves on the executive board of the The Chicago Partnership as vice chairman of Capital. His focus is on connecting a network of visionary leaders to resource 100 new church plants over the next decade throughout Chicago. He and his wife, Jona, have three active children and he has served as an Elder at  Park Community Church  since 2005. Vocationally, he is a marketplace leader that works to help people understand their Ephesians 2:10 calling and the innate motivation that God implants in us to fulfill it.

ROD PENNER
Vice Chair and Director of Capital

Elder at Park Community Church

Rod serves on the executive board of the The Chicago Partnership as vice chairman of Capital. His focus is on connecting a network of visionary leaders to resource 100 new church plants over the next decade throughout Chicago. He and his wife, Jona, have three active children and he has served as an Elder at Park Community Church since 2005. Vocationally, he is a marketplace leader that works to help people understand their Ephesians 2:10 calling and the innate motivation that God implants in us to fulfill it.

JONATHAN MASTERS   Treasurer    Executive Pastor at Park Community Church   Jonathan serves as Executive Pastor at  Park Community Church , overseeing structure, direction, and support for the ministry at each of their nine locations.

JONATHAN MASTERS
Treasurer

Executive Pastor at Park Community Church

Jonathan serves as Executive Pastor at Park Community Church, overseeing structure, direction, and support for the ministry at each of their nine locations.

CHARLIE DATES   Board Member    Senior Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church   Charlie Dates is the senior pastor of  Progressive Baptist Church  in Chicago. Before his call to Progressive, he served as an apprentice pastor at New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois, and as a pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Chicago. Charlie earned an MDiv and PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where his research focused on the burden of black preaching in late 20th-century Chicago. Charlie and his wife, Kristie, have two children.

CHARLIE DATES
Board Member

Senior Pastor at Progressive Baptist Church

Charlie Dates is the senior pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago. Before his call to Progressive, he served as an apprentice pastor at New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois, and as a pastor at Salem Baptist Church in Chicago. Charlie earned an MDiv and PhD at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where his research focused on the burden of black preaching in late 20th-century Chicago. Charlie and his wife, Kristie, have two children.

ERIC RIVERA   Board Member    Planted The Brook in 2013   Eric Rivera is the Lead Pastor at  The Brook , a multiethnic church in Chicago that he and his team planted in 2013. Eric is passionate for urban pastoral ministry and seeing God raise gospel-centered leaders. He has a B.A. in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute, M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Trinity. He married his wife Erikah in 2003 and together are parents to three children.

ERIC RIVERA
Board Member

Planted The Brook in 2013

Eric Rivera is the Lead Pastor at The Brook, a multiethnic church in Chicago that he and his team planted in 2013. Eric is passionate for urban pastoral ministry and seeing God raise gospel-centered leaders. He has a B.A. in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute, M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Trinity. He married his wife Erikah in 2003 and together are parents to three children.

MARK BERGIN   Director of Coaching    Planted The Painted Door Church in 2010   Mark Bergin is the lead pastor at  The Painted Door Church  in Ukrainian Village. He and his wife Acacia moved to Chicago from Seattle in 2009 as church planters with Acts 29. They have four children, one dog, and a passion to see people relieved from the burden of trying to be a somebody. Mark coaches the church planters connected to The Chicago Partnership and tells them, and anyone who will listen, that they are free to be nobodies in Christ.

MARK BERGIN
Director of Coaching

Planted The Painted Door Church in 2010

Mark Bergin is the lead pastor at The Painted Door Church in Ukrainian Village. He and his wife Acacia moved to Chicago from Seattle in 2009 as church planters with Acts 29. They have four children, one dog, and a passion to see people relieved from the burden of trying to be a somebody. Mark coaches the church planters connected to The Chicago Partnership and tells them, and anyone who will listen, that they are free to be nobodies in Christ.

BRIAN DYE   Director of Leader Development    Planted Legacy Christian Fellowship in 2008   Brian’s passion is "to train leaders in ministry to urban America." In 2006 he founded The  Legacy Conference  to equip those that are serious about being disciples of Christ to make disciples for Christ. In 2008 he co-founded Legacy Christian Fellowship, a multiplying house church movement in the city of Chicago. He has been married to his best friend and ministry partner, Heidi, since July 2000.

BRIAN DYE
Director of Leader Development

Planted Legacy Christian Fellowship in 2008

Brian’s passion is "to train leaders in ministry to urban America." In 2006 he founded The Legacy Conference to equip those that are serious about being disciples of Christ to make disciples for Christ. In 2008 he co-founded Legacy Christian Fellowship, a multiplying house church movement in the city of Chicago. He has been married to his best friend and ministry partner, Heidi, since July 2000.

ASHANTI PETTAWAY   Director of Network Partnerships    Pastoral Resident at Holy Trinity Church   Ashanti Pettaway serves as Director of Training for The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting. He also leads the Incubator Cohort which is a 2 year training program for church planters. He is a Pastoral Resident with  Holy Trinity Church . Ashanti was married to his sweetheart, Amanda Raquel, in 2009, and they have 2 children.

ASHANTI PETTAWAY
Director of Network Partnerships

Pastoral Resident at Holy Trinity Church

Ashanti Pettaway serves as Director of Training for The Chicago Partnership for Church Planting. He also leads the Incubator Cohort which is a 2 year training program for church planters. He is a Pastoral Resident with Holy Trinity Church. Ashanti was married to his sweetheart, Amanda Raquel, in 2009, and they have 2 children.

LIZ CARROLL   Administrative Assistant   Liz is the Administrative Assistant for Derrick Puckett, President of The Chicago Partnership. Liz and her husband, Jordan, moved to Chicago from NYC in 2015. She attended graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University and earned a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. While in NYC, Liz was also involved in group leadership and children’s ministry in an urban church, where she developed greater passion for children and multiethnic ministry. She now serves at  Renewal Church  as the Executive Assistant.

LIZ CARROLL
Administrative Assistant

Liz is the Administrative Assistant for Derrick Puckett, President of The Chicago Partnership. Liz and her husband, Jordan, moved to Chicago from NYC in 2015. She attended graduate school at Teachers College, Columbia University and earned a master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology. While in NYC, Liz was also involved in group leadership and children’s ministry in an urban church, where she developed greater passion for children and multiethnic ministry. She now serves at Renewal Church as the Executive Assistant.

LAURA CURTIN   Administrative Assistant   Laura Curtin is the Administration Assistant for The Chicago Partnership. She also works for Holy Trinity Church Chicago as Jon Dennis’ assistant, and Neopolis, a global church planting network, to help with Special Projects. Laura is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada but has been living in Chicago since 2015. She obtained her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Laura is married to Sully Curtin, a Ministry Director for  Holy Trinity Church  Northside and Downtown.

LAURA CURTIN
Administrative Assistant

Laura Curtin is the Administration Assistant for The Chicago Partnership. She also works for Holy Trinity Church Chicago as Jon Dennis’ assistant, and Neopolis, a global church planting network, to help with Special Projects. Laura is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada but has been living in Chicago since 2015. She obtained her MBA in Healthcare Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Laura is married to Sully Curtin, a Ministry Director for Holy Trinity Church Northside and Downtown.

SAMANTHA CONNOUR   Administrative Assistant   Samantha serves as the Administrative Assistant for Mark Bergin, the Director of Coaching. She and her late husband, Greg Connour, moved their family to Chicago in 2010 to help plant  The Painted Door Church . Greg passed away from melanoma in 2015. (Mind your moles!) Samantha continues to serve there at The Painted Door, leading worship and writing music. She is newly remarried and lives in the Ukrainian Village with her husband and two kids.

SAMANTHA CONNOUR
Administrative Assistant

Samantha serves as the Administrative Assistant for Mark Bergin, the Director of Coaching. She and her late husband, Greg Connour, moved their family to Chicago in 2010 to help plant The Painted Door Church. Greg passed away from melanoma in 2015. (Mind your moles!) Samantha continues to serve there at The Painted Door, leading worship and writing music. She is newly remarried and lives in the Ukrainian Village with her husband and two kids.

 OUR PARTNER CHURCHES

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH

PARK COMMUNITY CHURCH

PARK COMMUNITY CHURCH

RENEWAL CHURCH

RENEWAL CHURCH

THE PAINTED DOOR CHURCH

THE PAINTED DOOR CHURCH

LEGACY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

LEGACY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

THE BROOK

THE BROOK

PROGRESSIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

PROGRESSIVE BAPTIST CHURCH

OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

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