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About us

Hope Presbyterian Church of Chicago

Hope Presbyterian church is a particular church in the Chicago Presbytery, the Synod of Lincoln Trails, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA.


Hope, an all African American congregation, was organized in 1897 by a few members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church who moved from Bowling Green, Kentucky to Chicago and settled in the West Englewood area between Halsted Street on the east, Loomis Blvd. on the west, 59th Street on the north and 67th Street on the south.


Our Pastor:
Rev. Leslie Sanders

Senior Pastor

Our dynamic Pastor is a native of  Memphis Tennessee.  His early Christian journey began at St. Peters Baptist Church where he received his call to ministry at 18 years of age.


Pastor Sanders’ theological training started at Christian Brothers College in Memphis and continued at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago where he earned a Masters in Theology.  


An honorary Doctorate of Divinity was bestowed upon Pastor Sanders from Mid-South Theological Seminary of Indiana. 


Pastor Sanders has a unique style of preaching which is biblically based.  His sermons can sometimes bring you to tears and other times make you laugh, but always leaves you inspired and uplifted.  His messages provide spiritual insights for successful Christian living.  


As a result of Pastor Sanders’ love for people, he has committed himself to civic and community service.  Pastor Sanders truly believes in the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that the Church should serve as a catalyst for that transformation

Pastor Sanders' with his beautiful wife, Lady Julie, an asset to him as well as our church.  They are the proud parents of two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren.  Lady Julie is not only an asset to our church, but also serves our community as Executive Director of Hope Technology and Education Center.  Hope TEC's mission is to provide adults and youth  with digital literacy training, essential life skills training, and job readiness training programs.

Pastor Sanders and Lady Julie
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