Berry is an honest and compassionate community of spiritual seekers, inclusive of all. Through Christ’s example we are joyfully and intentionally living out God’s love while seeking creative ways to provide healing and wholeness to our world.
Founded in 1909 as the Berry Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, Berry United Methodist Church has been serving the Lincoln Square community for over 100 years.
Currently, we offer a vibrant worship experience for all people. As a Reconciling congregation within the United Methodist Church, Berry is welcoming and affirming of all people regardless of your ethnicity, gender, social status, or sexual identity. We believe that you are beloved by God and you are welcome in our community. Berry also offers a growing family and children’s ministry which includes Godly Play, a program on Sunday morning during the school year where Montessori meets Sunday School
Berry Church currently shares our building with our sister church, African Community United Methodist Church, which gathers at 2:30 on Sunday afternoons. African Community Church was founded primarily to fill the spiritual needs of the African immigrant and to be an advocate for that community in matters of social concern, such as immigration and naturalization.
Limited space is available for community meetings and other programs, such as exercise groups and 12-step programs. If you are interested in renting space, please use the contact form provided.
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Rev. April Gutierrez is a seminarian at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary who will graduate in May. April has worked for more than a decade in higher education with a focus on social justice education and ministry. She has been married to her partner Evan for 13 years and has two children, Silvio and Miriam. As an avid reader and writer, April has earned national acclaim as a columnist writing on faith and spirituality. April and Evan enjoy exploring national parks throughout our beautiful country and taking in live jazz, folk and latin music.
Rev. Gregory Gross is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. He holds a Master of Arts in Social Services Administration with a concentration in clinical social work from the University of Chicago and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.
His full time ministry appointment is at The Night Ministry. He was the 2010 recipient of “The Compassionate Heart” Red Ribbon Award from the Illinois Department of Public Health “for outstanding work in the HIV continuum of care that has significantly improved the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.”
Michelle King is a dual degree student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Loyola University, working on getting her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work. She is originally from the Detroit area and got her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Michelle is a certified candidate for ordained ministry on the Deacon track.
Church & Building Administrator
Rev. Adrienne Trevathan serves as our Church and Building Administrator. In this role, she oversees use of the building, manages user agreements and offers administrative support for the many aspects of the church. Adrienne is the “face” of Berry.
Adrienne is an ordained Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference and also serves at Holy Covenant UMC as Associate Minister of Education & Administration. Previously, Adrienne was the Director of Christian Education at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, and currently serves as a freelance writer and editor for the Native American Comprehensive Plan. Adrienne has also edited and written for Reconciling Ministries Network, and the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women. Adrienne received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009, and has done extensive studies in Christian Education. She is thrilled to once again live in the Chicago city limits (Bucktown).