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The Historic Bethany Union Church of Chicago

Est. 1872

About Our Church

"To Change the World By Allowing God to Change Us!"

Jesus says, "Be compassionate, as your Heavenly Father is compassionate." Luke 6:36

 At Bethany Union Church of Chicago we intentionally Cultivate Compassion.
Cultivating Compassion is our Mission driven by the Vision we have received from Christ in His words to us to be like our Heavenly Father: compassionate!
We measure our energy, time, financial and material resources against Cultivating Compassion. We ask, "How is what we are doing cultivating compassion in this world?" 
We seek to Cultivate Compassion in our learning and development at every faith stage, our services, our worship, and all that we support at Bethany Union Church of Chicago must be in-line, tuned-in, relevant and spot-on for Cultivating Compassion. This is the Community Church of Christ Jesus we call home.
On May 5, 1872, necessity made "denominations" a secondary consideration to the Worship of God and the care of His people. Bethany Union was born!
Bethany Union Church began with no denominational ties or strings; almost 150 years later we maintain the same lineage of being nothing but a people of God devoted to Worship, Religious Education and the Fellowship of Believers. There is room for everyone at Bethany Union Church and we guard each persons dignity. We are a people with multiple ethnic backgrounds, traditions and religious affiliations. We set everything aside except Christ and we strive to love and be agents of peace and understanding. We welcome anyone who comes in peace and seeks understanding - both being understood and choosing to
try and understand ourselves and others better. Come and See! You can know what it is like to be in a place
where understanding and acceptance are esteemed and where hope is ever-growing.

Services Schedule

Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m.

We celebrate using a Protestant, Mainline, Multi-denominational form of worship that includes hymns and songs of praise, litanies, Bible readings, prayers and a sermons each week. At 11:30 am we offer a time of Fellowship and refreshments.

Chancel Choir

Our Minister of Music, David Zizic, leads our Chancel Choir in song every week during our worship service. The Choir rehearses each Sunday, 9:30 am; there are paid, professional section leaders. A part of who Bethany Union Church is founded in our love of good quality music, and we offer the very best we can to our Lord in worship.

Bethany Bible Academy

Bethany Bible Academy is for people interested in delving deeply into the Word of God on a Graduate Level. Classes meet on Wednesdays 10:00a - 11:15a in Pastor's Study. It is also available online Live at the BBA Facebook page, recorded for people to view at their leisure. Everyone is invited to come and explore this class where every word of Christ is studied.

Additional Services

TEECH Recovery Ministry

The Far Southside  ROSC Initiative (Planning for a Better Community,) includes the TEECH Foundation and TEECH Ministry. The TEECH (Transforming, Educating a Empowering Children and Humanity) Recovery Ministries and the TEECH Foundation continue the fight of addiction by building a platform of unity and resources through advocacy and education with the goal of sustaining long-term recovery. TEECH strives to build communities that no longer fear or stigmatize the recovering or mentally challenged person, but treats them with dignity and respect; therfore offering services to make this vision a reality. The recovery process is being supported by th Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) Model. Check out the TEECH website CEO Dr. K. White can be reached at (224) 406-3798; Office Manager De'Shara Shells, CPC, RC can be reached at (312) 539-5263.

TEECH Newsletter - July 2020 TEECH Is Back!

Boy Scout Troop #607

Boy Scout Troop #607 has been with us for over 99 years.  We have produced almost 300 Eagle Scouts during that time. The Troop is active and meets every Wednesday evening here at the Church.

Cub Scout Pack #3607

Girl Scout Troop #20117

The Music Scene & Petite Artists

The Music Scene & Petite Artists 
All of your musical needs and desires in one place under the leadership of director Soprano Extraordinaire Anisha Hill-McFarland. Class for young and old in voice, piano and hand bells. Use website or contact Anisha directly 773-206-9986

My Crafty Table & Sewing

My Crafty Table & Sewing 
Crafts, Sewing and Creativity with DIY projects offered each month on the 2nd Saturday at Noon. Felicia Alston is our Craft Guru and is able to help or each you many wonderful arts and crafts tricks and projects. She is a CPS teacher and certified sewing instructor. 

Destiny Rescue

We serve as the location for the Region of this International Slave and Sex Trafficking group.  Destiny Rescue's Regional Office is located here and under the direction of Michael Manning who informs, teaches, briefs, educates, and advocates for the children of the world who are trapped in the aweful crime of child sex trafficking.

Matthew 25 Clothing Shoppe

In response to our Lord's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and visit those in prison, we have joined forces with The TEECH Foundation to offer free, clean clothing to anyone who is in need. There is  a drop-off in the building for clean, wearable clothing, shoes, and coats for men, women, and children. Many of our guests have recently been freed from prison and only have the clothing that is on their backs. Bethany Union Church has over 1,000 souls coming in and out of our doors and it is great to be able to love them in this tangible way. No one should be cold in Chicago or America for that matter.

Monthly Newsletter

The News of the Congregation The Historic Bethany Union Church of Chicago Published monthly since 1948.

Note: May 2020 Unifier is unavailable.

Meet Our Team

+Rev. Dr. Lawrence Michael Cameron, OAC

Senior Pastor

Our Senior Pastor is the Rt. Rev. Dr. Lawrence Michael Cameron; the 12th Seated Pastor. He and his wife Andrea began their ministry here at Bethany Union in October of 2013. "Pastor Larry" as we call him can be found at the Church Office everyday and looks forward to greeting and speaking with you. Contact him using the "Contact" form on this site or email him or just stop by and see him in person.

David Zizic

Minister of Music

David is our Minister of Music and directs our Chancel Choir every Sunday Morning. David is well known around Chicagoland for his musical, theatrical, and teaching passions. He is a member of Bethany Union and has been a part of our worship for over a decade singing, playing and and adding his wonderful spirit to the mix.

Terry Peterson

Office Admin

Terry is our Office Administrator and Financial Bookkeeper. She can be found in the office everyday between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m..

Tuesdai B. Perry


Tuesdai is Artist-In-Residence for our Chancel Choir. She assists the Choir in a leadership and performance roll. She is a singer, dancer, actress and teacher by profession.

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Response Form

Use this form to give us your Prayer Requests, RSVP for events or ask a question. Thank you & Blessings.

1750 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60643, USA

(773) 779-0123


What time are your worship services?

Sunday mornings beginning at 10:30am.

Where do we park?

The Bethany Union CHurch parking lot is located on the Southeast corner of 103rd and Wood Streets. There are entrances on both 103rd St and Wood St. Parking is free for those worshipping at the church. The lot is well maintained, lighted, and safe.

What about Public Transportation?

We are right on the CTA bus line and it stops right in front of the Church Building.

We are just one block East of the Beverly Train stop for 103rd Street.

What kind of music will we hear during worship?

Pastor says the only "kind" of music we should have is "Excellent" since it is for the Worship of our God.  You will find we will use various styles of music but always done in the best we can offer way.

Our typical Sunday morning worship is filled with music.  We have a Choir with professional section leads that offers up a choral Anthem and helps lead our singing of hymns from our hymnal.  We typically will sing two to three hymns each service.  We also sing the Doxology (Praise God from whom all blessings flow...) and the Gloria Patri (Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and ...). We begin our service with a Prelude of organ and/or piano music and we close our service with a choral benediction and a Postlude of music.  Also we have a special piece of music we someone will offer during our Offertory.  

What about the children?

We worship as a family of faith.  Every age and stage of maturity and faith worships all together in the Lord's Sanctuary.  Children, babies and Service animals are all welcome as is young, middle-aged and older adults.  We worship as a family of faith and as one.

Where do we go once we get there?

When coming for Worship you will need to come to our beautiful Sanctuary which is located in the place furthest away from Wood Street. We have Greeters stationed to help give directions but it is really easy to catch the flow.


If you are entering the Worship Service before 10:30 a.m. please sit anywhere you like.  If you happen to come into the service late (at or after 10:30 a.m.) also please sit anywhere you like, but do know we will all be watching you. It's just human nature.  Don't let that inhibit you in any way.  We are glad even if you come late.  

What is Bethany Union all about?

Since we are human, we are a hot mess.  We don't pretend to be anything else.  We do agree that being human is a great gift, and we seek to honor the giver of that gift by hearing well the Word of Messiah Jesus, who says, "Be compassionate, as your Heavenly Father is compassionate." Luke 6:36

Our Heavenly Father is compassionate, according to Exodus 34:6, Deut. 4:31, as well as the Prophets who call God compassionate in Joel 2:31, Jonah 4:2, and 2 Samuel 24:14.  Our King Messiah affirms what Scriptures have already revealed that COMPASSION is what God is all about and wants us also to be all about it like God is.  At Bethany Union Church of Chicago, we intentionally Cultivate Compassion, and we do so with gusto and flare.


Cultivating Compassion is our Mission driven by the Vision we have received from Christ in His words to us to be like our Heavenly Father: compassionate!


We measure our energy, time, financial, and material resources against Cultivating Compassion.  We ask, "How is what we are doing cultivating compassion in this world?"  If we don't have any sense that what we are doing is cultivating compassion, we stop doing it and explore other ways that will and do.


We seek to Cultivate Compassion in our learning and development at every faith stage, our services, our worship, and all that we support at Bethany Union Church of Chicago must be in-line, tuned-in, relevant and spot-on for Cultivating Compassion.  This is the Community Church of Christ Jesus we call home.

How do I contact Bethany Union Church?

For Pastoral Emergencies, go right to the top, Pastor Lawrence Cameron at 734-652-1471. For other questions regarding, church calendar, benevolence, facility usage, or something else, contact the church office at 773-779-0123, or email The office is generally open from 9:00a – 5:00p, Monday-Saturday. If there is no answer, leave a detailed message with your name and contact information, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Bethany Union Church Events

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Location is TBD
Due to COVID-19, all Bethany Union Church Events are cancelled until further notice.
Fri, Mar 27
Bethany Union Church of Chicago
Vegan Supper & Program "Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing"
Fri, Mar 13
Bethany Union Church of Chicago
Vegetarian Supper & Program "Wild Hope: Stories for Lent from the Vanishing"

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