First, you must complete New Members Orientation. However, you are at liberty to let your interest be known to the ministry leader. After completing class, you may join a ministry. Certain ministries have orientations and other requirements. If you are interested in organizing a ministry at WPMBC, write down your vision and present it to Rev. Denita Armstrong-Shaffer.

Write a letter of request stating your needs. You must supply documentation to support your claim. Present the request to the Benevolence Committee, and you should receive a response within one week.

Dr. Jakes enjoys speaking with members and the general public. However, his schedule does not permit impromptu, lengthy visits. If you would like to meet with him, you should schedule an appointment via the church office staff. You will be required to provide the purpose of the meeting. Depending on the nature of business, you may be directed to meet with someone else on staff. The maximum time for each appointment is 30 minutes. Lastly, if his door is open, you are more than welcome to stop by and say, Hello.

Yes, emphatically! In the weeks of sharing, the instructor expounds on different topics as you can begin to take ownership of your spiritual journey. In addition, many historical untruths are revealed, a Biblical truths highlighted.

Your church family celebrates you as the newest member of our family of faith. A commencement is held in your honor during the 10:45 a.m. Sunday Morning Glory Worship Service.

First, call the Deacon that serves your birth month (list provided on page 26). If you cannot reach your Deacon, please call Deacon Rodney Lacey, Chairman, Board of Deacons, 773-387-3365. If he is unavailable, please call Rev. Denita Armstrong-Shaffer, Executive Pastor, 773-563-2528.

American Express has as its motto: Membership Has Its Privileges. As a member in good standing, i.e., time and treasure, there are privileges allotted to you within this local church. There are no general rental fees associated with the event. However, there is a fee associated with the employees of the church that must be hired for your event, i.e., Turn-key, Custodian, Sound Engineer, Musician, Soloist, and Security. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes does not charge a fee to officiate weddings and funerals of active members in good standing, but a free-will offering is appreciated. However, if it is a family member, normal fees for the pastor and use of the church facilities apply. Those fees will be presented upon approval of the Church Utilization Agreement Form and Church Utilization Contract. Parenthetically, if the member requesting to use the church for weddings, funerals, etc., desires to use outside assistance, it must be approved by the Senior Pastor. No plans should be made or finalized until final approval is given by the Trustees and the Rev. Dr. L. Bernard Jakes.

Remember, your membership has privileges for you. As a tithe paying member, your monies go toward financially supporting the daily operations of this local church, so the lights, gas, etc., can be paid. If the church allowed every family member of a member to use the church whenever there was a need, the members who give financially would cover those expenses, which is unfair. Therefore, if the space is needed for a family member, i.e., weddings, funerals, anniversaries, etc., the normal contractual fees apply.

To teach at WPMBC, you must complete the Leaders/Teacher Certification curriculum. Offered twice a year, all participants must be recommended by a Ministry Leader or Staff Pastor. To be considered, applicant must display the spiritual qualities and Christian maturity necessary for the teaching of God’s Word and or leading God’s people. Additional requirements for entrance into this certification process and for a leadership or teaching position at WPMBC include being: 1) a regular attendee of Bible study, Sunday school, or some form of spiritual growth; 2) A supporter of the Senior Pastor’s vision; 3) A faithful financial supporter of the church. For more information, please contact Deacon Kevin Brockenbrough. (see number listed on page 26 of the 2012 Information Guide.)

All persons called to preach must enter and complete a training Curriculum, as well as satisfy other requirements set forth by Dr. L. Bernard Jakes. For more information, contact Rev. Denita Armstrong-Shaffer, Executive Pastor, 773-563-2528.

The Christian Education department offers quarterly classes throughout the year. Classes will be announced in advance.

If one needs to report a member, friend or family member that is sick, or hospitalized, contact the church, 773-538-7590. Upon calling, provide the person’s name, location (hospital, nursing home, etc.), and additional relevant information. The Pastoral Care staff will be notified, and the person will be added to the church prayer list.

If a person needs to report a deceased member, friend, or family member, contact the church office, 773-538-7590. For more info, read pgs. 8-9.of the 2012 Information Guide.

Infant dedication ceremonies are held 4th Sunday, during 10:45 a.m. worship service . Space is limited. Dedication dates are assigned on a first come, first served basis. Obtain forms from the church office, or download the form from our website. Return completed forms to the church office as early as possible, but no later than 1st Sunday of the desired dedication month. If you have any questions, need information, or to schedule an appointment, please call the church office, 773-538-7590. Parents who were not married to each other when their child was conceived are required to take a class.

Contact the church office immediately. A couple will not be allowed to have their wedding ceremony at WPMBC until they have completed Pre-Marital Counseling (PMC) offered by the church or an approved outside source. The same applies if a couple wishes to be married by a WPMBC pastor. PMC is offered various times throughout the year. Forms are available in the church office.

Call the church,773-538-7590 x221. If the office staff is unable to answer your questions, you will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

Call the church office, 773-538-7590, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Notification of any changes in your contact information (address, phone numbers, e-mail address) or any other information, i.e., changes in marital status, children, or business information should be directed to the church office, 773-538-7590.

Our Transportation Ministry can assist you if you live within the travel boundaries. Contact the church for the service area and pickup times.

Worship Times

Sunday Morning Worship:
7:45 am (1st Sunday’s only) & 10:00 am

Bible Study:
Wednesday in the Word
7:00 pm

Contact Information


3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Chicago, Il 60653


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