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Minister Lawrence A. Brown, C.P.


Crerar is open to worshippers of all ages and backgrounds. We lead our congregation in worship, deepening the connection to God, understanding the teachings of Christ, and ultimately to a vibrant faith. We have a long, proud history of serving the people of Chicago. Through the dedication of our leadership, staff members and volunteers, we are committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and are here to spread His message. Contact us today to find out more about becoming part of the Crerar community.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding"   (Proverbs 3:5)


In March of 1897, a committee of the session of the Second Presbyterian Church recommended the construction of a building near 59th and Indiana for a new mission. Money for the mission was provided by the John Crerar Foundation of Second Presbyterian Church, thus the building was named Crerar Chapel.


Two years later, the original building was enlarged. On April 5, 1908, a new, larger building was dedicated. This new building was constructed on the corner of 57th and Prairie Avenue to house the officially organized congregation to be known as Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church.


Our Vision at Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church is to continue being a church community of committed believers who are led by Christ who gathers welcoming, worshiping, and witnessing Christians who serve Him

in the spirit of prayer, service, and evangelism.


Our mission at Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church, as members of the same body, is to celebrate and share God’s Word and love in the world, to come together to do the work of the church, to accept responsibility prayerfully and to minister to church members and the greater community as stewards and obedient servants of God.

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