The Pennington

Chicagoland Community Church (C3) was planted in the summer of 2000 after Pastor Jon graduated from Southwestern and God called Pastor Jon and Alana to move to Chicago and start the church as a mission to postmoderns on the north side of Chicago. After completing a church planter’s assessment and basic training they began the process of building a core group. God provided a building for them to meet in in the Lakeview Neighborhood where they desired to focus their ministry. Alana graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2003, and the church was constituted as its own organization. Through a variety of mission teams, outreach strategies, community service events, concerts, summer missionaries, and missionary interns God has grown this church over the years to be a bright light in this neighborhood. In 2007 the church’s first associate pastor Ash Hodges and his wife Katrina moved away to begin the process of preparing for future ministry opportunities. Shortly thereafter, the church received the building in which we meet as our own property.  In the summer of 2012 Pastor Jon and Alana, and their children were able to take their first three month sabbatical and travel the United States, sharing our vision and catching up with their family and friends. Shortly after their return, Pastor Jon began his doctoral studies through Golden Gate (Now Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary), and God has provided their family with a home just a couple of neighborhoods west of church facility. Pastor Jon completed his ministry project during the summer of 2016, and graduated with his DMIN in December 2016. We have a core group of lay leaders who have been trained in Spiritual Formation (including both spiritual disciplines and spiritual warfare), and we focus on building joyful discipleship relationships in our neighborhood. The church is part of the Great Commission Baptists (SBC) network and is the SENDing church for Urban Voice (Pastor Mark Chan) in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, we also have various church alumni serving Jesus across the continent and around the world.

Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. Jon R. Pennington is a gifted teacher with a Doctorate of Ministry from Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA, a MDIVBL from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft.Worth, TX, and a BA in history from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. Pastor Jon has nearly two decades of ministry experience, most of those have been starting and serving as COORDINATING PASTOR of C3. He also serves as the Executive Director of ScatterUs Ministries (facilitating church planting through technology) , and is a Corporate Chaplain for Marketplace Ministries. Pastor Jon is responsible for leading the church and its sponsors towards accomplishing our vision, training and supervising the leaders of the church, and ensuring exegetical accuracy in our teaching.

Alana Pennington is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute with a bachelors in Sacred Music. Besides her role as a full-time mom, Alana leads the praise band and is responsible for the discipleship of the women of the church.