Grace and Peace is an urban congregation that intentionally embraces and actively reaches out to the northwest side of Chicago in all of its ethnic diversity.



We believe Prayer is instrumental to the personal and corporate power of the Christian. We believe that God gives us intimate access to him through prayer.


We believe our God is fully deserving of our worship. We worship God with our lives through daily devotion and living as Jesus teaches us. We also worship God by the gathering of his people expressing our praise, adoration, and edifying each other as the scriptures teach.


We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We believe the Bible gives life, peace, and hope to all those who put their faith in Jesus Christ.


We have utilized the Apostle's Creed to summarize our statement of faith.  For an in-depth look at our beliefs, please visit www.crcna.org/welcome/beliefs for more information


God the Father

"I believe in God,"

The creed begins with a simple affirmation of belief in God. The following three sections describe the three persons of this one God.

"God the Father
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth."

The first person of the Trinity is the one Jesus revealed to us as “the Father.” God is not some remote, unknowable spiritual entity. Rather God is our loving, powerful heavenly Father. Against all other ideologies about the beginning of the world, we profess that God created heaven and earth and all that is in them. This profession affirms the goodness of creation and endows it with meaning and purpose.
Further, all that is good and beautiful points to a Creator God. Thus all humans can know something about God through what creation reveals.

God the Son

"I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead."

We affirm that Jesus of Nazareth, though born of a woman, was more than a human being; he was actually God’s Son and thus also God himself.
As the Christ, Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies about a Messiah who would redeem God’s people. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are grounded in historical fact.
After his earthly work of redemption was finished, Jesus took his place in heaven as Lord of all things. He will come again to make all things new.

God the Holy Spirit

"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."
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

When Jesus ascended bodily to heaven, he promised his disciples a comforter, a source of power; one that would “lead them into all truth.” This gift was the Holy Spirit. Ever since then, the Holy Spirit has dwelled in and empowered God’s people.
The Holy Spirit is the presence and power of God with us here and now, leading the church, uniting God’s people, applying God’s forgiveness to our broken lives, speaking to us, and spurring us individually and communally to godly living.



John Zayas | Senior Pastor


Elsie Rodriguez | Spanish Pastor


Samuel Barreto | Worship Pastor

Preston Hogue | Associate Pastor


Chantel Varnado | Worship Arts Director


Sandra Van Opstal | Preaching Pastor


JohnEric Zayas | Associate Pastor


Elders & Deacons


Lydia Maldonado Elder


Tony Mercado Elder


Michael Aument Deacon


Eddie Irrizary Deacon


David Rodriguez Deacon

Jose Ramos Deacon


Jose Villareal Deacon