The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood is multi-cultural, multi-generational church that is committed to introducing people to the life-changing power of God’s mercy and truth. We are passionate about following Jesus and living in community with our neighbors. We believe that the God is with us and is at work in the neighborhoods of Chicago… and we want to be a part of that!

The Neighborhood was launched as the Chicago location of the Evanston Vineyard in March 2015. After years of driving into Evanston on Sunday mornings, a small group of members and neighbors brought the Evanston Vineyard into Chicago. We have been growing ever since! We are diverse, spirited congregation that is committed to loving Jesus and loving others. We would love for you to join us.

Sunday morning services

We meet at Budlong Elementary School on Sundays at 10:30am. Our live, 90-minute service is relaxed and visitor friendly. Neighborhood Kids is our dynamic, fun, interactive kids program for infants-5th graders.

We place a high priority on contemporary worship, Biblical teaching, openness to the Holy Spirit and committed relationships. We are a church of transformation and mercy for those who have not or could not “make it” in the traditional church.

Join us. All are welcome.

Contact Us

We meet at Budlong Elementary School on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. Parking is available in the school parking lot that is accessible on Winona Street (one block south of Foster).

2701 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
(e) [email protected]

Our Team

  • Ted Kim
    Ted Kim Senior Associate Pastor

    Ted Kim has been pastoring in churches for over twenty years. First as a worship pastor, and now as the Senior Associate Pastor, Ted has done ministry in Washington, California, and New York and overseas in places like the United Kingdom, Africa, and the Middle East. He arrives here as the hoped-for eventual successor to Steve Nicholson, once Steve retires.

    Ted oversaw worship regionally in the Northeast and has done training and equipping for Vineyard Worship. He is also a published songwriter, having written “Kyrie Eleison” and “Eden.”

    Ted first attended and interned at the Evanston Vineyard in the 90s, while he was a student at the University of Chicago. Ted also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

    Ted has been married for over 15 years and has three children.

  • Renée Cunningham
    Renée Cunningham Neighborhood Campus Pastor

    Renée pastors our Neighborhood Campus, the second location of the Evanston Vineyard. Renée is a teaching pastor at the Neighborhood Campus and oversees the campus leadership team. Renée’s relationship with Jesus began here at the Evanston Vineyard where she spent most of her formative years. After serving as pastors at La Viña Las Condes in Santiago Chile, Renée, a Chicago native, and her husband Bruce, returned to Chicago in 2011. Renée graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in 2014 with an M.A. in Christian Spiritual Formation and joined the Evanston Vineyard pastoral team in 2015. Bruce and Renée have three young children.

  • Steve Nicholson
    Steve Nicholson Senior Pastor

    Steve Nicholson began ministering as a college student through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the early 1970s. After graduation, he moved to the Chicago area where he and several other twenty-something leaders founded what would become the Evanston Vineyard. Steve led the Vineyard USA’s church planting task force for over twenty years, and has trained and ministered to church leaders in India, Australia, New Zealand, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Turkey, Lebanon, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Chile and several Central Asian countries as well. Steve and his wife, Cindy, live in Chicago. They have three adult children.

    Areas overseen:  Oversee pastors, primary teaching pastor, primary leader for vision and development

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