Meet our new co-pastors!
Rev. Veronica Johnson and Sarah Lusche have accepted the call to become co-pastors of Hyde Park Union Church. They will begin their ministry with us on December 18 and will begin preaching on Sunday, December 23rd. Our church warmly welcomes our new pastors!
Rev. Keith Cerk, Interim Minister - Email Rev. Keith Cerk
Rev. Keith Cerk is currently the pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church of Waukegan, Illinois, where we served 22 years as senior pastor. He was ordained to ministry in the American Baptist Churches USA in 1991 and received M.Div. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994.
Rev. Cerk has been a wilderness guide and outdoor educator since 2004. He leads wilderness expeditions and retreats, and teaches eco-spirituality and outdoor skills. While at First Baptist Waukegan he initiated multiple interfaith and cross-cultural gatherings. He engaged over 400 neighbors in planning for public green space and assisted in the development of two community gardens with produce distributed to pantries in local food deserts. He is currently program advisor to “A Cool Learning Experience,” which addresses the holistic needs of poverty-level children during the summer and school days-off throughout the year.
In 2016, Keith received the Wellness Hero Award from the Fuller Center for Housing in Waukegan, and the American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago have twice awarded him the Jitsuo Morikawa Award for Relating Christian Faith to Contemporary Life.
Elikem Fiase, Director of Music and Office Administrator ~ Email Elikem Fiase
Elikem Fiase has both a BA in Business and a BM in organ performance from Coe College as well as a certificate in organ performance. Originally from Ghana, Mr. Fiase has settled here in Chicago, and we are blessed to have him here at Hyde Park Union Church.
Alvin Palmer, Building Supervisor