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Sermon: A Lost Son

Pastor James E. Shannon preached from Luke 15:11-32 on the theme, “A Lost Son”.  “The Parable of the Lost Son”, which Jesus preached in the Gospel, is symbolic of the journey of every christian.

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Mombasa Relief Initiative

MRI is an Education, Health and Economic Enrichment charity initiative for the children of Mombasa, Kenya. Peoples Community Church is a sponsor and partner of MRI through PCC Trustee, Brother Donald Harris.

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Breast Cancer Awareness

On Sunday, Oct. 23rd Peoples Community Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority held our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Program. Afterward we had service with guest speaker Rev. Merilyn D. Brown.

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 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:29 NIV






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


And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication, so that, when they look on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a first-born.

Zechariah 12:10 NIV



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


 The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.

Mark 14:21 NIV




Associate Ministers

Rev. Jruther Cole

In the year of 1997, Rev. Cole Joined House of Rhema Ministerial staff under Pastor Denise Clark. Rev. Cole received Certificate of Completion for Rhema School of Ministry and was licensed on October 3rd 1999. On May 19, 2002 Rev. Cole was ordained by Pastor Denise Clark. Cole completed the required Ministerial training at CFFC. He was licensed on June 27, 2004, and Ordained on November 2009 by Pastor Rev. Larry E. Sartin. Rev. Cole is a graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Rev. Cole joined Peoples Community Church in 2014. Serves as one of the Sunday school teachers, Assist with the Food Pantry Ministry, and as well as Preaching at Pacific Garden Mission.


Rev. Ben Curtis

Reverend Ben Curtis Jr. was born in Tallahassee, MS. He was raised on the Westside of Chicago in the Henry Horner Projects were he attended Dett Grammer School and Crane High School. He furthered his education at Malcomn X College and Moody Bible College, and Chicago Baptist Institute.

Ben attended Sunday School at Chicago Gospel Mission at the age of 10 where he asccepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Ben was one of the first kids to learn over three hundred scripture verses. He was the youngest person to ever to be on the board of directors of the Mission

In His walk of faith Ben Continue to be obedient to God. His journey led him to be under several Godly leaders that help him to Pray First, Aim High, and Stay Focused.

In 2006 Reverend Ben Curtis Jr. under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit with much prayer Still showing His Love for Christ. He started New Beginnings Bible Church. Holding on to his favorite verses Joshua 1:8, Jeremiah 17:7 and 1 john 4:4. Pastor Curtis has realized that the Ministry is like a Marathon, it’s not how you start that Matters, but How you end.


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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