Liberty Christian Center began in August of 1986 when Pastors William and Emilia Vazquez answered God’s call to begin a small group. They met with only two teenagers in the basement of their Northwest side home in which they still reside today. The youth gave their lives to God and a fire ignited in their lives which resulted in the spreading of God’s word among their peers. These young people invited their friends who also invited more friends and Liberty Christian Center was born.
“By Serving the People, We Serve the Lord.”
“just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” Mt. 20:28
We exist to lead people in a “non-religious” authentic relationship with God that will result in serving others the way Jesus served us. Our purpose is to develop people into servant leaders for Christ as they serve others. This purpose is developed through a commitment to our three step strategy and five principles of our vision.
Five Principles of our Vision
First, we believe in the need for everyone to live a life of daily consecration to God through prayer, fasting, and reading of the Word. Second, is to understand the need for continual outreach to those who need Jesus. Third, is to edify every believer through participation in discipleship training and small group life. Fourth, is to train everyone to become servant leaders by participating in our seminary. Lastly, our vision is to commission believers to serve others in ministry.
We focus on the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that offers the free gift of eternal salvation to everyone without exception.
We believe in the need to edify every believer through biblical teaching, discipleship and seminary training, and community life in small groups.
We promote the natural process of individual and corporate multiplication that comes from sharing life testimony with others of God’s amazing work in the life of the believer.
What We Believe
The Holy Trinity: One God in three persons as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The Atonement for Sin: Jesus voluntarily died on the cross in our place for our salvation.
The Ascension: Jesus ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father
The Creation of Man: Man has been created in the image of God.
Man’s Sinful Nature: Man’s nature is corrupt and unable to please God without the Holy Spirit
The Free Gift of Salvation: Salvation is a work of God’s free grace and is not gained by human works.
The Work of the Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is real and present in the life of the believer through faith.
The Authority of Christ: Jesus Christ is the head of the Church.
The Return of Christ: Jesus Christ is coming back again to gather up His church.
The Great Commission: We must share the Gospel throughout the whole world and make disciples.
Satan’s Doom: Satan is real and seeks man’s destruction: he will be defeated at the hands of Jesus.
Sex & Marriage: Sex is for marriage. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman by God.
Water Baptism: Baptism is for believers in Christ and is to be administered by full immersion.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit: We believe in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as on the day of Pentecost.
Holy Communion: Holy Supper gives witness to the unifying of the church and Christ’s return.
Giving: We are stewards of God’s blessings supporting the local church through tithing and offerings.
Our Senior Leadership Team
Rev. William & Emilia Vazquez
Pastor Emeritus | Senior Pastor
Rev. William Vazquez grew up without a father and mother and gave his life to the Lord at the age of 19. His wife, Rev. Emilia Vazquez, was raised in a foster home and met her husband while serving the Lord in a Defender church. He attributes his success to God and is a testimony of the Teen Challenge program. He and his wife co-founded Liberty Christian Center over thirty years ago. After 31 years of marriage, they are parents of two adult children, Jonathan and Rebecca.
Pastor Willie & Millita, as they are affectionately known by many, have served in ministry for over 40 years. During the first 11 years he was the Associate Pastor of Canaan Church in Chicago and for the past 30 years he served as Senior pastor of Liberty. Due to Pastor Willie’s recent illness, he now sits as founder of the ministry with pastor emeritus status as his wife continues to serve as Senior Pastor. Their legacy in building leaders and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ have resulted in successfully launching multiple daughter churches and a multitude of ministry leaders in the Chicagoland area who pastor their own churches or lead their own ministries. Pastor Emilia & Willie firmly believe in helping others fulfill their maximum potential in Christ. Their parental characteristics are demonstrated in their joy and love for the things of the kingdom and people.
Rev. Tommy & Lourdes Molina
Rev. Tommy Molina was born and raised in Chicago. He has been with Liberty since he gave his life to Jesus at the age of 15. The beginning of his college studies in architecture led him to enter a season of rebellion against God. This led him to sin in ways he would have never thought before giving his life to Jesus. Partying and drinking led him to begin dating a beautiful young woman named Lourdes, whom soon after became pregnant. After a few years of working toward their college degrees, public aid, and working to raise a child, they surrendered to God realizing they could not do this on their own.
Vowing to not become part of negative Latino statistics, Tommy completed his bachelors degree in Architecture and his wife in Early Childhood Education. His wife Lourdes has been a full-time teacher with CPS for over 25 years. After 18-1/2 years in the field of architecture, God called Tommy to leave secular work and begin full time ministry. Currently, he and his wife of 21 years serve as the Co-Pastors of the church. Their handsome firstborn son Justin is a nurse and married to his childhood sweetheart Janessa. They both grew up in Liberty and are involved in youth ministry. Their gorgeous daughter Mia is about to graduate high school and leads the Liberty youth worship team. Pastor Tommy & Lourdes’ testimony gives hope to many that, despite a difficult life journey, it is possible to serve God together as a family.