About Us

About Us

Holy Covenant MCC is an open and affirming Christian community of faith that has been serving the Chicagoland area for over 30 years. We celebrate our call to embody the spirit of radical hospitality. It is in this spirit that we welcome people of all genders, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and socio-economic means to participate in the full life and ministry of our church.

We explore our faith in a safe, non-judgmental environment. We celebrate the contributions of Christianity and other faith traditions to our understanding and experience of the Divine, Just, and Creative Presence many call “God.”

The Worship Team nurtures the corporate worship life of our congregation as inspiring, celebrative, and centered on the faithful proclamation of Scripture and communion celebration. We celebrate an open communion, which means you do not have to be a member of Holy Covenant or any other church to participate. Everyone is welcome to the table with whatever beliefs or doubts they may have.

Our Sunday worship service is held at 10:00 a.m., followed by our social hour which includes food and invigorating conversation.

Our beautiful chapel-style sanctuary is perfect for weddings, vows renewal and memorial services. Should you be interested in holding one of these events at Holy Covenant, please contact the church office for full details at 708-387-1611. If you would like to make a donation to our church please click the "Giving" tab. 

Holy Covenant MCC is part of Metropolitan Community Churches, an International Christian denomination representing approximately 300 congregations. We provide a home to all who are seeking to discover and express their unique spiritual journey

You can read about the history of the MCC church here 

Rev. Martha Daniels

Background on Rev. Daniels

Rev. Martha comes from a United Methodist background, having earned her MDiv at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and served in United Methodist Churches in the DC area before transferring to MCC in 2004. She served at MCC Windsor (Ontario, Canada) for many years, and while in Windsor, also served as the first female-identified president of the Board of the Windsor Pride Community Centre. Rev. Martha's passions in ministry include social justice, theology, and worship. She is a published author, and has presented at Creating Change, the annual meeting of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force. She also maintains a blog at rainbowpastor.com. Rev. Martha's interests outside the church include gardening, history, travel, and reading about all three. Her dreams for the near future include visiting Hawaii and adopting a Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog.

Steve Marz - Clerk

Steve is National Sales Director for Hachette Book Group, distributors of several major publishers, including Little, Brown & Co., Grand Central Books, Hyperion, Disney, and others.  He and his partner Jim Baer also run a thriving antiques and collectibles business.  They came to Holy Covenant several years ago, when Jim wanted to be baptized - and they found a home.  Soon they both became Members.
 
Steve has been Clerk of the Board for the last two years.  He and Jim have worked with several fundraisers, including the Garage Sales, and the Spring and Fall Dances!
 
Steve and Jim live in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago with their two beloved dogs, Dolly and Harry.  They are avid collectors of vintage holiday items, and yearly host a Holy Covenant Open House at their home during the Christmas season.

Bruce Myers - Treasurer

Bruce has been a member of Holy Covenant for 30 years.  He been on the Board and the Treasurer for about 23 of those years. Bruce enjoys being at church and likes meeting and talking to people when he is working around the church and at church social functions. He has been with his partner Jerry Rickert for 38 years. Bruce's hobby is Origami.

Barbara Adams-Latsaras - Social Media & Website

Barbara has been a congregant and member of Holy Covenant since 2004. She has served on the Board for most of her years at the church and is an active participant of church service, Stewardship, garage sales and other church functions. Barbara has been employed at the same company for 45 years and is their Marketing Coordinator. She has been married to Mary Ann Latsaras since September of 2013 and they have been together for over 33 years. They have two grown daughters and one grandson Bryan who is the light of their eyes.

Tom Menard Vice-Moderator

Tom was elected to the Board this year and is a Vice-moderator of the Board. Tom and his husband Topher were married in August 2015 at Holy Covenant. They both are delighted to have found a spiritual home at Holy Covenant. Tom has been active through the garage sale, church dances and Building & Grounds Ministry. Tom looks forward to being of service to the church in his new role on the Board.

Tom has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, primarily serving those living with HIV/AIDS and behavioral health issues. He presently works with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, where he has been employed since 2005. Before moving to the suburbs, Tom lived in Chicago for 7 years, previously lived in Florida for 11 years, and grew up in New England.

Tom and Topher live in LaGrange Park with their two adorable dogs, and both enjoy gardening and cooking. Tom is also an avid cross stitcher and reader.

Ian Thiel - Administrative Assistant

Ian became Holy Covenant's Administrative Assistant in October 2005 and has lived in Brookfield since August 2002, when he moved from his native England. He is married to Stacey and has a wonderful greyhound dog named Max. Ian lives just a few blocks from the church.

As well as his general office duties, Ian puts together and edits the Covenant newsletter and weekly mailing, as well as being webmaster.
 
In his spare time, Ian is President of the local Brookfield Jazz Society, which he founded and is Convention Committee Chair, Treasurer and the Magazine Editor for the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC). His other interests include pinball and collecting toby jugs.