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 Leadership Team
Senior Pastors Rev. William & Emilia Vazquez
Rev. William Vazquez grew up without a father and mother and gave his life to the Lord at the age of 19. His wife Emilia Vazquez was raised in a foster home. He attributes his success to God and is a testimony of the Teen Challenge program. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Liberty Christian Center, which he co-founded with his wife thirty years ago. After 31 years of marriage, they are parents of two adult children, Jonathan and Rebecca.
Pastor Willie, as he is affectionately known by many, has served in ministry for over 40 years. During the first 11 years he was the Associate Pastor of Canaan Church in Chicago and has dedicated the rest of his time as the Senior pastor of Liberty Christian Center. His determination to build leaders and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ has resulted in successfully launching multiple daughter churches and a variety of ministry leaders in the Chicagoland area. Pastor Willie firmly believes in helping others fulfill their maximum potential in Christ. His fatherly characteristics are demonstrated in his pride and love for people.
Co-Pastors Rev. Tommy & Lourdes Molina
Associate Pastors Alex & Maritza Valentin
Associate Pastor Enit Negron
Maritza Valentin: Spanish Children’s Directors
Malik & Marilyn Underwood: English Children’s Directors
Rev. Efrain & Judy Morales: Associate Pastors
Wilson & Noemi Reyes: Associate Pastors
Armando & Miriam Rentas: Wednesday Service Pastors
Jason & Jenny Balthazar: Youth Pastors
Urbano & Norma Cancel: Associate Pastors