Jesús Márquez is a Christian minister with an ecumenical background consisting of Pentecostal roots, fellowship with Catholic-Charismatic communities, and a Presbyterian (P.C.U.S.A.) seminary education. Born and raised in the Mexican-immigrant neighborhood of Pilsen in Chicago, Jesús still resides on the south side of the city with his wife, Lilia. An alum of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, he studied a Double Major in Comparative Religious Studies and Psychology at DePaul University, graduating with cum laude honors. In response to a ministerial calling over his life, Jesús continued his education at McCormick Theological Seminary, obtaining a Master of Divinity.
Jesús embraces his Mexican heritage while also being committed to cross-cultural ministry. His past experiences include: outreach and discipleship in Latino congregations, ministry intern for a congregation in Englewood, and youth pastor of a Korean-immigrant congregation in Park Ridge. Currently, he serves fulltime as Executive Minister at The Emmaus Community in Chicago Heights. Beyond congregational work, Jesús is also a guitarist. In 2011-2012 he shared his passion for music with urban youth through the “Éxodo Guitar” project, via a grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration.
Jesús is devoted to shepherding people in their walk with God, emphasizing the believer’s dependence on the Holy Spirit. He strives towards inter-denominational work, while honoring the diverse expressions of the Body of Christ. On his free time, Jesús enjoys catching a good movie or soccer game.