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Sermon: “Profit or Loss”

Pastor James E. Shannon preaches from Matthew 16:21-26 on the theme “Profit of Loss”.

“But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”
Matthew 16:23

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Sermon: “The Dangers of Almost”

Rev. Johnie Simmons preaches a powerful message from Acts 26:24-29 on the theme “The Dangers of Almost”.

“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
Acts 26:28

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Sermon: “The Good News of Incarnation”

Rev. Robert Gay preaches from Galatians 4:1-7 on the theme “The Good News of Incarnation”.

“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”
Galatians 4:7



 The Mission of Peoples Community Church is to disciple the churched and the unchurched into the Family of God, through biblical preaching, teaching and outreach ministry that will help to heal the hurting.




Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse & Addiction Recovery

The impact of abuse can have a very deep impact on a person’s identity and affect the ability to trust. It can lead to a multitude of toxic behaviors. Our society is becoming more and more complex. We believe the Word of God is what transforms lives.



Peoples Community Church has had the opportunity to blessing individuals at home and around the world. We are currently involved in several evangelistic and outreach ministries.

Mombasa, Kenya
Senegal, Africa

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Academic Tutoring & Mentoring

At Peoples Community Church, we provide academic tutoring for students grades K thru 12, on various subjects. This ministry meets every Wednesday evening at the Glencrest Middle School in Glen Ellyn, during the school year. This outreach provides students with essential academic and life skills, such as how to become self-motivated and independent thinkers.




The vision at Peoples Community Church is for youth to be taught, trained, and discipled to be effective, fruit bearing members of the body of Christ. Character building activities center around personal development, academic performance and respect for community outreach.



Counseling The purpose of the counseling ministry at Peoples Community Church is to break through barriers which hinder communication with God. The ministry will provide mutual care and concern for all people. The ministry operates confidentially and will bring the Word of God to people in need, and the primary focus of this ministry is healing. The counseling ministry is here for people who are in pain and for those who want to be made whole.

  • Adoption
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Grief Recovery
  • Marriage/Family
  • Substance Abuse Recovery


Evangelistic Ministry

Ministry Statement:
To serve as Ambassadors in doing the work of Evangelism in helping lead lost souls to Christ for edification and uplifting of the Kingdom of God, so that the local church (Peoples Community Church) may grow in membership and service to the Lord.

The Commandment/Vocation to Evangelize:

  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19
  • The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few. Matthew 9:37
  • As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. John 20:21
  • Plant the seed and God will give the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6

Ministry Formation:

  • Commitment to Serve
  • Guided by the Word
  • Knowledge of the Word
  • Prayer and Supplication
  • Taking it to the Streets
  • Empowered and led by the Spirit



“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. . . . Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37–40


Our Pastor

Dr. James E. Shannon

Dr. Shannon has been married to his wife, Evelyn for over 45 years. They have 2 adorable adult children, Jarius  and Ashley . Jarius is currently attending College of Dupage (COD) and Ashley is attending Illinois State University (ISU).  Dr. Shannon has been involved in church leadership for over 30 years. He has served as Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling for over 15 years at Broadview Baptist. He has been a Bible school teacher for over 30 years and a professor at Chicago Baptist Institute.  Dr. Shannon served on the ministerial staff at First Baptist Church of Melrose Park, Il under the pastorage of Pastor Harry McNelty.  At Broadview Baptist Church of Broadview, Il Dr. Shannon was under the pastorage of Clarence W. Hopson.  

Dr. Shannon accepted his calling into the ministry in 1986.  His gift of preaching made it possible for him to preach at many churches in the Chicago Metropolitan area and across America.


Academic Background:

Developed Ministries:

  • Christian Marriage
  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Mentoring
  • Pre-Marriage Counseling
  • Grief Recovery
  • Adoption




“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:19–20



Associate Ministers



Rev. Ben Curtis

Growing up in the Lord

Rev. Ben Curtis Jr. was born in Tallahassee Mississippi and was raised on the west side of Chicago in the Henry Horner Projects.

Rev. Curtis attended Sunday School at the Chicago Gospel Mission where, at age 10, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. He became part of a group called the “Scripture Kids” lead by Ed Erickson, where he was one of the first children to learn over 300 verses. After Mr. Erickson’s retirement Rev. Curtis became director and continued traveling to many parts of the country including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Texas to spread the Word of God. He did this for 29 years.

In his walk of faith Rev. Curtis continued to be obedient to God. His journey led him to be under Godly leaders that helped him to pray first, aim high and stay focused. Rev. Curtis became an ordained Baptist Minister on March 8, 1987 under the pastorage of Pastor Carl Hopson. Rev. Curtis furthered his education at the Malcolm X Moody Bible College and the Chicago Baptist Institute.

Prior to uniting with Peoples Community Church Rev. Curtis was pastor of the New Beginnings Bible Church. The majority of his congregation followed him to PCC. Rev. Curtis continues his spiritual journey under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, with much prayer and love for Christ. He also continues to hold firmly to his favorite verses Joshua 1:8, Jeremiah 17:7 and I John 4:4. Rev Curtis has realized that ministry is like a marathon, it’s not how you start but how you finish. He’s a servant who cares for other with tremendous respect for all he meets and Christ is at the center of his life.


Rev. Robert Gay

In addition to serving as an Associate Minister, Rev. Gay is Sunday School Superintendent and an Adult Class Sunday School Teacher. Prior to uniting with Peoples Community Church, over the years he served as Deacon, Director of Missions, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher in his former Church.

Prior to entering Ministry full time, Rev. Gay spent over 35 years in corporate administrative and technical positions. After retiring, he was appointed Missionary by the North American Mission Board of the SBC assigned to the Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association—where he served almost ten years as Director of African American Church Extension/Services, and as the Association’s Business Administrator. Rev. Gay is ordained as a Gospel Minister.

Rev. Gay and his wife Beatrice have two sons, and a number of grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He has a B.S. in Engineering, Hampton University’, VA, an MBA, Lake Forest Graduate School, IL (with extended study at Keeble College, Oxford University), and completed Church Business Administration Certification Seminars at Candler School of Theology—Emory University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rev. Clarence Jones

Reverend Clarence Eugene Jones obeyed the call of God to become a Minister of the Gospel. He enrolled in Moody Bible Institute to further his study of the Word of the Lord. Rev. Jones subsequently was licensed to preach on May 3, 1987 at Unity Fellowship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles B. Williams. Continuing his studies at Moody Bible Institute, and while a member of the Greater Garfield Baptist Church, Rev. Jones became an ordained Baptist Minister on March 6, 1993, under the pastorate of Rev. George Henderson. Presently Rev. Jones is serving the Lord here at Peoples Community Church as part of the Ministerial staff, and is very active in Sunday School and the Men’s Cell Group.

Rev. Harvey Smith

Rev. Smith received his call to ministry after retiring from the Department of Defense in Jan 2004. At the age of 58, he enrolled at Northern Baptist Seminary in March of 2004 and graduated in June 2008. He was licensed and ordained at Bethel Green Family Worship Center in Chicago, where he served as Assistant Minister and Superintendent of Christian Education.

Rev. Eddie J.O. Smith, Sr.

Reverend Eddie J.O. Smith, Sr. was born and raised in Chicago. From an early age, he has been a dedicated servant of the Lord. This service began at the church his Grandfather founded and pastored in the North Lawndale area of Chicago. He has served in every capacity of the church from the cleaning committee to the music ministry. At the age of seventeen, he accepted his call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He received his Certificate of License to preach the Gospel in December 1998. In July 2003, he received his Certificate of Ordination. He now has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than half of his life. Rev. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Chicago, and is currently completing the Master of Divinity degree program with an emphasis in New Testament studies at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He has also studied Biblical Geography and History at Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel.


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