Lakeview Covenant Church is a multigenerational church located in the northern suburbs of Chicagoland.
We first started in 1990 as the English Ministry of Lakeview Korean Presbyterian Church in Niles, IL. After outgrowing the facilities of Lakeview KPC, on Feb. 22, 2004, we were given the blessing to launch as an independent church to pursue the vision of making disciples of all nations.
It has been a humbling and exhilarating experience to see Gods Kingdom multiply over the years. In 2003, we multiplied and planted our first daughter church, Cityview, in downtown Chicago. In 2005, we celebrated the birth of our overseas daughter church, Vida Visible, in Nicaragua, which soon multiplied itself into two more congregations. In 2006, we had the opportunity to become a muti-site church by launching a second campus in Palatine, IL in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, which later relocated to Vernon Hills in 2010. In 2011, we came into possession of our current building in Northbrook and launched a Korean Campus. After seven years of faithful outreach, the congregation at Vernon Hills rejoined the Northbrook campus in December 2013.
Lakeview is a group of imperfect people who trust and rejoice in our perfect God. We recognize that even through mistakes, successes, and challenges, God shows us how to be a Gospel-centered community that makes disciples of all nations and that we must simply and faithfully listen and follow through. Its our desire that Lakeview would be a safe place where people from different walks of life can come and find the life-transforming love of Christ, and we invite you to be a part of that journey.
WE ENVISION TRANSFORMATION NOW
What we mean by “transformation” is not just becoming a better person or a more morally upright person. We’re here to help people become more like Christ every day because we believe that’s God’s #1 desire for us.
God created us in His image because He wants us to be like Him and live like Him. Unfortunately, the image of God has been distorted because of sin. But God is working on us. He is restoring that image of Christ back in us. In fact, when Jesus comes back the first thing that will happen is for us to be like Him, look like Him, and live like Him. Until then we want to join God in recreating that image of God in us, with the help of God.
HOW DO WE DO THIS?
“N.O.W.” in our vision provides us with a road map to accomplishing this vision.
Where do we start in accomplishing this”? N: which stands for “Near to far.” It simply means that transformation begins with us as a person and has a ripple effect and goes beyond from there.
How do we do it? O: One life at a time. That means that transformation happens in loving relationships that show our intentionality.
What will lead us to fulfill this vision as a church?” W: Word and Spirit leading the way. It’s not the staff or some program. Transformation is something that God does God transforms us.
English Congregation Lead Pastor
Pastor William joined the community at Lakeview Covenant Church on March 1st of 2016 as the English Congregation Lead Pastor.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, he received his education at the University of Toronto (Hon. B.A. 1996), Tyndale Seminary (M.Div. 1999), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (ThM. 2002, PhD 2012). In his passion of preaching and teaching God’s Word, his desire is to be used by God to raise up passionate, Spirit-filled, missional leaders for Christ. Pastor William enjoys cooking, discussing theology, tiling floors and walls, and spending time with the family. He is happily married to his wife Julie, and they have three children, David, Charis, and Elianah.
Joshua (or Josh) began serving as the College Pastor in August 2017. He was born in Seoul, Korea, and immigrated to Toronto when he was 8. He found his way to the Chicagoland area when he attended Northwestern University for his undergrad, starting as an ambitious pre-med student but receiving the call to ministry throughout as he underwent major spiritual transformation. Since graduating, he began attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for his Master of Divinity.
Josh has attended Lakeview since freshman year of undergrad, and has served in various capacities such as College Small Group Leader, Worship Leader and Life Group Leader. He is passionate about walking alongside people on their journey of knowing and loving God and people. He also enjoys music, relaxing on the NU Lakefill, and finding new food in Chicago.
In the fall of 2015, Samuel Lee joined the staff of Lakeview Covenant Church as the youth group pastor. After graduating undergrad at University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign as a Biochemistry major, he began to work in industrial research. He is currently working at Abbott Laboratories as a scientist while attending Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for his Master’s of Divinity degree.
Assistant Kidsland Director
Jenny joined the Lakeview staff January, 2017. After receiving her elementary education degree from Wheaton College, she taught 7 years in the Chicago Public Schools. She furthered her education receiving a Masters in Special Ed and Educational Leadership, both from Northeastern Illinois University. Her passion is to equip families to worship God together here and to eternity, and helping kids reach their educational goals so that they will be leaders. Jenny is also the president of Monster Education Foundation which serves Chicago’s inner city by creating college savings accounts and empowering teen leaders, and a director of More Than Scores and Tests, a college-consulting company based in Buffalo Grove. You can often find Jenny working on 1000 piece puzzles (sometimes even finishing them), “Dancing” with her kids on the Playstation, and eating chocolate.
Mark has been part of Lakeview Church since November, 2018. He is a Hmong-American born in Providence, Rhode Island and has since then lived in Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. In the Fall of 2015, Mark was accepted into Moody Bible Institute and is now currently studying Communications. Since he was in Kindergarten, Mark has always wanted to serve the Lord with his life. He began learning music at the age of 5 and has been serving in the Worship Ministry for over 10 years. Mark desires to create music that will edify the Church, outreach the Gospel to unbelievers and make the name of Jesus known. Mark loves watching football, eating out, playing sports, keeping up with the latest tech, and watching food shows on Youtube. But ultimately, he loves being involved with people who he can learn and grow with in Christ.
Korean Congregation Lead Pastor
Joshua has been serving at Lakeview since 1996. He previously served at an English Ministry of a Korean church and as a youth pastor on the West Coast prior to moving to Chicago. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he went on to receive his M.Div and Th.M. (in Leadership) from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has completed coursework at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for his D.Min.
Joshua is the happy husband of Lanna, and the delighted father of Christy and Timothy. In his free time, you can find him riding his bike, traveling, and hanging out with his family and friends most likely at a buffet restaurant. After all these years of ministry experience, his greatest joys are seeing people saved and transformed, experiencing God’s glory and presence, and doing life in a loving community.