About Us

About Us

Holy Covenant MCC is an open and affirming Christian community of faith that has been serving the Chicagoland area since March 30, 1975. We celebrate our call to embody the spirit of 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, celebratory, 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. She was recently named as the facilitator for the Bisexual/Pansexual Working Group for the MCC denomination. Rev. Martha's passions in ministry include social justice, theology, and worship. She is a published author, with an article in the Journal of Bisexuality, and is included in There's a Woman in the Pulpit: Christian Clergywomen Share Their Hard Days, Holy Moments and the Healing Power of Humor, a collection of pieces from the blog collective RevGalBlogPals, of which she was an early member blog may be found at www.rainbowpastor.com. Rev. Martha's interests outside of the church include history, travel, and reading. She has a son Ben, and daughter-in-love Caitlin, who lives in Washington D.C.

Joanie Baird - Treasurer

Joanie has been a member of Holy Covenant and is currently the Treasurer. 

Barbara Adams-Latsaras - Clerk, 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 in 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 34 years. They have two grown daughters and one grandson Bryan who is the light of their eyes.

Bruce Myers - Bookkeeper

Bruce has been a member of Holy Covenant for 30 years and is currently the Bookkeeper. 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 35+ years. Bruce's hobby is Origami.

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.