United Church of Rogers Park

 

1545 W. Morse Avenue

Chicago, IL 60626

773.761.2500


Sunday Worship Services at

 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.



Our Ministry Team



On Sunday February 5th our pastor Rev. Catiana McKay announced that she has been reappointed by Bishop Sally Dyck to move from United Church of Rogers Park to Galena United Methodist Church.  This move will be effective July 1st.  When a pastor announces that they are leaving a church community, it is often shocking news.  As we are saddened by Rev. McKay leaving our community we rejoice that she has been able to share 10 years of ministry with us. 


Staff Parrish Relations will be in communication with our District Superintendant Rev. Zaki Zaki to shepherd us through this transition. Please join us in thanking our pastor for her years of faithful service at the United Church of Rogers Park. We also ask that you remember to keep Pastor Catiana, our church, and Galena United Methodist Church in your prayers in this important time of change in our lives.


In Faith,

The Staff Parrish Relations Committee

Staff Parish

Rev. Catiana McKay, Pastor


Rev. Catiana P. McKay has served as pastor of United Church of Rogers Park, a reconciling United Methodist congregation on the northeast side of Chicago, since July 1, 2007, after serving as pastor of Good Samaritan UMC in Addison, IL, a suburb of Chicago, for eight years.  Catiana was Chaplain Associate at Millar Chapel (1997-99), the non-denominational chapel of Northwestern University while attending Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, where she earned her Master’s in Divinity. Her pastoral care ministries were strengthened through training and actively serving at First United Methodist in Downers Grove as a Stephen Minister; Clinical Pastoral Education with Alexian Brothers Hospital; and participation in various addiction care programs. 


Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, Catiana graduated from the University of Oklahoma and held an assistantship while working on a master in voice performance. Her family includes a son, Ross, his wife, Sima, and their daughter, Shaina of Thousand Oaks, California; and daughter Alexandria, her husband, Sam Renick of Grover, Missouri and their children Hunter and Vivian!


Catiana has been a dedicated ambassador for Christian Unity and interreligious relationships over many years, in addition to being chairperson of the Commission of Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns of The Northern Illinois Conference (NIC) of the United Methodist Church from 2004 until 2008, and instrumental in the formation of its projects of the Interfaith Bus Tour and the Document of Relationship with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.


Catiana has represented the Northern Illinois Conference and the United Methodist Church in local, national, and world venues. She was the United Methodist representative to the Regional and Local Task Force of CUIC (Churches Uniting in Christ) 2007-2009; the NIC delegate to the Ecumenical Millennium committee 2004-2008 where she was a leader in the National Planning Committee hosting the National Workshop on Christian Unity (NWCU) held in Chicago and president of President and Ecumenical Colleagues, (ECCO) in NWCU. She currently represents the Northern Illinois Conference on the Leadership Team of Illinois Conference of Churches. Her spirit of encounter for the sake of peace and dialogue has been shared to the advantage of both the Conference and local churches.  At the Northern Illinois Annual Conference of 2010, Catiana was awarded the Bishop’s Ecumenical and Interreligious Award honoring her passionate commitment to interfaith relations and bridge-building.


Her empathetic voice calling for justice, peace, and a consciousness of God’s spirit in everyone has been raised in many locales: in the holy land, World Council of Churches in Brazil, Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago and Barcelona, and the World Methodist Council in Seoul, South Korea. As a United Methodist on the Niagara Foundation’s Advisory Board, she took part in cultural encounters in Turkey with Elmhurst College; with NICUMC’s Bishop Hee-Soo Jung; and most recently as part of a small interfaith dialogue documentary project regarding the Fethullah Gulen Movement (Hizmet or service movement).


Her current position as pastor of United Church of Rogers Park UMC, an urban church in the heart of the Rogers Park community of Chicago, provides the perfect mix of ethnic, economic and religious diversity in which to live out her passion for societal transformation through interfaith and intercultural dialogue and spiritual renewal.

Rev. Wesley Dorr, Deacon

Rev. Wesley Dorr joined the team at the United Church of Rogers Park in July of 2008 to serve as the Minister of Education and Outreach. Originally from Olive Branch, MS., he has a Masters of Divinity from Garrett- Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, a Certification in Christian Education as well as a Certificate in Church Leadership through a partnership between Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management Center for Nonprofit Management and Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  As the Deacon at United Church, Wes founded The Peace Center of Rogers Park, which runs an after-school and summer kid’s camp programs for neighborhood children ages K-6th grade.  He also coordinates volunteer groups who come to serve in the Rogers Park Community.  Wes, his wife and son live in Evanston where he spends his free time practicing photography, biking, and following all things - Chicago sports. To contact Deacon Wes, you may email him at deaconwes@gmail.com or call him at 847-840-7778.


Jeremy Ramey, Music Ministry

The United Church Choir rehearses every morning at 9:45 am in the Library in the undercroft [lower level].   Any questions, talk to Jeremy at 773-960-7117.


Sean Crews, Deacon Intern


Northa Johnson, CF Volunteer Coordinator

Want to volunteer for Community Feast? Contact Northa, email northajj@gmail.com 
or call 312-955-0049.

Margaret Derry, Thrift Shop Manager of New To You
To contact Margaret call 773-761-2500 ext. 14.

Stephanie Olson, Childcare Worker

Phillip Robinson, Hospitality Coordinator