Our Beginnings 

Living Hope Church began when Bethel Christian Church started a satellite location at the University of Chicago, in the Fall of 2003 with just a few students from Bethel, Pastors Brad Beier and Seesun Yoo. We grew quickly into a diverse group of students from many ethnic & religious backgrounds, & neighbors from the community.

Becoming Our Own

In 2010, we launched from Bethel as a mission church, renamed Living Hope Church, Chicago. Months later, we purchased an old abandoned pool hall (that was featured in the movie "The Color of Money"). With the help of church member, generous supporters, and 4,000 construction volunteers, we renovated the ministry space and four affordable apartments in four years at 6414 S Cottage Grove in the Woodlawn neighborhood on Chicago's south side.



In 2014, we launched Hope Works, our community development ministry that focuses on helping to empower those in need of employment and other life issues. In 2018, we began an after-school ministry which provides tutoring and mentoring to elementary aged children in Woodlawn. We are grateful that God continues to bring people into our church who are changing and growing by his grace, to send people from us to other ministries, even internationally, and as He has from the beginning to unite us from many worlds into one family by Christ's redeeming grace.


We are a congregation of the PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA, which is faithful to the Scriptures, true to Reformed theology, obedient to the Great Commission.