Welcome to the Chicago Southern District!

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 District Superintendent Jacques A. Conway


I greet you on behalf of the 54 local churches, two campus ministries and the many other exciting ministries that exist on the District! The district is made up of a diverse people representing both urban and suburban communities. It is framed by Interstate 290, some parts of Interstate 294, Lake Michigan and just beyond Interstate 80.

Each of our faith communities are involved in a variety of missions and outreach ministries.  Both the clergy and laity are working faithfully to carry out the Great Commission of Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. (Matthew 28:16-20)

If you are seeking a place to worship, to grow in your faith, to engage in mission and outreach and to build lasting relationships, then you are invited to join a United Methodist congregation nearest you. Within these local faith communities, you will find a warm, welcoming people who are filled with the love of Christ!

Grace and Peace,

Jacques A. Conway, District Superintendent

The mission of the Chicago Southern District of the Northern Illinois Conference is to encourage,

equip, connect and support our local churches in their call to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.


 Meet the Superintendent

Jacques A. Conway is an ordained Elder and has served in both associate and senior pastor positions in the Northern Illinois Conference.  He was raised on Chicago’s South Side, a member of Rust Memorial United Methodist and, while in college, serving as its Youth Leader and Lay Speaker. He is the first African-American to retire from the Oak Park Police Department, Oak Park, Illinois, as the Senior Sergeant of Patrol, after twenty four years of service.

Bishop Dyck celebrates Rev. Conway’s experience in ministry and his rich and varied experience. “Rev. Conway brings a passion for justice and mercy through his experiences with people who are in need. He has worked with a diversity of people that will serve him well in the Chicago Southern District,” said Bishop Dyck.

Despite his many accomplishments, if you asked Pastor Conway who he is, he would simply reply, “…to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with my God.”


District Contacts:

Chicago Southern District Office
77 W. Washington Street, Suite 1820
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 346-9766

District Superintendent
Rev. Dr. Jacques A. Conway
ext. 733

Administrative Assistant
Debbie Rogers
ext. 732

Co-Lay Leaders
John Abney
(773) 848-1911

Jacqueline Serrato
(773) 610-0013

Connectional Table
Jim Barry
(708) 408-1240

Committee on Ordained Ministry
Rev. Wendy Witt, chair
(312) 898-6804

Rev. Timothy Biel, Jr., registrar
(708) 271-2998

 Lay Servant Ministries
Dr. Irma Clark
(773) 239-0704

Missions Secretary
Jan Paris
(708) 557-2468

UMW President     
Anne Genther
(773) 881-1788
CSD UMW Webpage

UM Men President
Glenn E. Campbell
(312) 868-7757

Strategic Planning Team
Rev. Robert Biekman
(773) 960-3603

District Board of Church Location and Building
Tommy Taylor, Jr.
(773) 230-1700

Superintendency Committee
Rev. Jacqueline Ford
(773) 354-1924





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