We understand how important it is to have intentional and hands-on training as you explore your calling in urban-centered ministry. As a group of pastors ourselves, we’ve been there too. We believe that everyone should have clarity on their gifting as they seek to enter into full time ministry work. For this reason we have established the Park Residency, a three-year ministry resident program that equips people to go out and get to work in the city to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is a three-year program that combines real world learning opportunities coupled with theological and cultural reflection. All residents can expect to play a key role in growing gospel influence in our city while being mentored by ministry leaders at Park. 

Since its inception ten years ago, by God’s grace, previous Park Residents have gone on to serve as urban location pastors, church planters, and 501(c)(3) leaders. 

To take a next step in confirming your vocational calling fill out an online application*. In the meantime, check out this *FAQ for more information about what you could expect as a Park Resident. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Park Community Church has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds.  

*Applications for 2019-2020 will open in Spring 2019


2018-2019 RESIDENTS

Our ministry residents are involved in ministries varying from pastoral operations to care ministry. Most are continuing on with their formal theological education while some have already graduated. 


Pastoral Ministries


Lee Grander is a resident with Pastoral Ministries at Park Community Church – South Rogers Park, where he contributes his skills of speaking, mentoring, team building, and project management. Lee is originally from Salisberry, North Carolina, and now lives in Chicago with his wife, Kelsey, while studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Lee felt led to apply for this residency after sensing God’s call to pursue pastoral ministry.

What is something you have learned recently in the Word of God?
“I’ve been reading through Galatians recently and have been meditating on Galatians 2:1-14, where Barnabas was lead astray by Peter’s hypocrisy. This showed me the power of leadership and the effects it can have on people negatively when there is variance from the original gospel. Through meditation and prayer I’ve come to understand that the Lord is using Paul to confront man’s tendency to stray away from the original gospel. I’ve learned that even the apostles were found leading people astray because of sin. Since reading I’ve been spending time in prayer, asking God to reveal the hidden strands of hypocrisy that are occurring in my life. I am seeking God to address any inconsistencies while entering into leadership positions so I can be consistent in my actions and aligned with the Gospel message!”

Describe your overall experience as a Park Resident: “I love it! The residency has been an incredible opportunity to get the collective wisdom from the many pastors at Park while still getting the intimacy with the congregation in Rogers Park! I’ve really appreciated Residency Director, Scott Clifton, as he leads us through different leadership lessons. It has been one of the biggest blessings in my life to be a part of the residency program because it is helping me to confirm God’s calling and prepare me for where He has me next!”



Pastoral Ministries


Noah Chung a pastoral resident in Bridgeport. He has been part of the campus plant in that neighborhood from the beginning and he’s currently finishing up his Master’s of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Noah was born in a Korean immigrant family in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. His passion is to see the church be a light in Bridgeport through community engagement, missional living, and small groups. Through the residency program, Noah hopes to grow in his ability to teach the Word of God, to lead people, and to love on the city.

What is something you have learned recently in the Word of God?
“I recently read through the book of Acts in my devotional time. As part of a newer church plant in Bridgeport, many times it’s tempting to rely on our own strength and the people we have to engage the neighborhood and lead the congregation. But when you look through the book of Acts, the main character is not Paul, not the disciples, it’s not even the early church, it is the Holy Spirit. Amidst sickness, division, persecution, political powers, magic, and demons, the Holy Spirit is the only reason for the growth of the Early Church. So as we continue our ministry in Bridgeport, the book of Acts reminds me of how vital it is to depend on Him and His power, and not merely on our own. Thank God for the Holy Spirit living and moving in us.”