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Rev. Julian DeShazier, Senior Pastor

Julian joined University Church as Senior Pastor in November 2010. He is a Chicago native, and a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to beginning here, Julian served as Teen Pastor at Covenant United Church of Christ, and has also worked extensively with the Coca-Cola Leadership Program and Fund for Theological Education.

Pastor Julian is also an award-winning musician and songwriter, known to many as “J.Kwest.” We are excited about the gifts and passion Julian brings to University Church, and hope you will join us as we work together to be the people God is calling us to be.





Lay Out Members book print copy_13Rev. Patricia Katherine Novick, Ph.D., D.Min., Minister for Christian Education

Rev. Patricia Novick, Ph.D., D.Min., is an ordained minister, consultant, trainer, and training designer. For more than thirty years her innovative and highly effective work has focused on issues of health,the environment, spirituality, and social justice.







Charles Thomas Hayes, Music Director

Charles began as Director of Music in September of 2012.  He holds music degrees from Cornell College of Iowa and the University of Iowa, and has done additional graduate work at Roosevelt University and The Catholic University of America.  Charles is a Chicago native and was on the staff of the Chicago Children’s Choir for more than a decade.  In addition to his duties at University Church, Charles is a member of the music faculty at Urban Prep Charter Academy and is the Gospel Choir Director at The College of Lake County.  Charles is the founding director of The Chatham Choral Ensemble and Music Director for The Greater Chicagoland Opera Guild and the principal conductor of the Classic Act Choral Ensemble.  He holds memberships in The American Choral Directors Association, Music Educators National Conference  and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

Charles is committed to sharing his gift of music as an active part of worship to spread God’s love and to inspire others.


Karen Fields, Office Manager of University Church ChicagoKaren Fields, Office Manager

Karen Fields has been University Church’s rock for years. Her memory of the church’s history, voice of reason, wisdom, gentle demeanor, and sense of humor endear her to all. She also manages the church’s archives. If you receive an email from the church, it’s probably from Karen!





unnamedJohnny Kline, Minister of Social Justice

Johnny is a life-long UCCer and comes from a family filled with preachers. He has been dedicated to social justice issues since attending a speech by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965 at the age of 8. Johnny grew up in Ohio, came of age in Minneapolis, graduated college in Vermont, settled in NYC, and has lived in South Korea and Chicago for the last 8 years. Meanwhile, he has thrived as an actor, a corporate executive, and a community organizer. Johnny is currently finishing his Masters of Divinity degree at Chicago Theological Seminary.



imageSergio Centeno, Artist in Residence and Director of Communications

Sergio recently completed his Master of Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico majoring in Humanities and Fine Arts. He also studied Drawing and Painting at Parque Lage School of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Sergio is a worship curator and Christian educator. He worked for the World Council of Churches as the 50th Anniversary Creative Director as well several advertising agencies as an Art Director and Designer.



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