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Reverend Jesús Márquez, Lilia and daughter Saraí

Reverend Jesús Márquez, MDiv. 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 and daughter Saraí. 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 youth through the “Éxodo Guitar” urban 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 with his family or a soccer game.