My name is Brian Fulton. Although I’ve been a part of a church plant as a college & small groups pastor, I’m learning to plant my first church in Chicago, IL: Missio Dei.
It is my hope that after years of church planting and pastoring, I would never compromise the mission of making disciples of JESUS neighborhood by neighborhood. That I would never compromise being a church that exists for our non-believing friends. That I would never compromise being a church that exists God’s glory, our joy, and the good of our neighborhood.
This will be a place for us to converse about how to best live out this vision. I hope you’ll join the conversation. Better yet, I hope you’ll join GOD in making all things new where you live.
My wife and I met when we lived in the south side of Birmingham and married March of 2006. We have two daughters, Naomi and Cora. Even before we met, God had been preparing them to demonstrate and proclaim the gospel through church planting. We both spent time serving as missionaries in college. I partnered in ministry with a new church plant, The Church of Shelby Crossings and is the founder of their college ministry, Ecclesia College Ministries. As a previous social worker and pastor’s daughter, Ashley is familiar with working with diversity of classes and communities and knows the ups and downs of ministry and is equipped to support me. We’ve recently spent most of our time serving college students at the University of Montevallo, a campus known for its liberal presence in the middle of the conservative state of Alabama. After serving as the interim pastor at Shelby Crossings, my desires to plant a church were confirmed. Every time we would revisit our old stomping grounds in downtown Birmingham, it reminded us of the void of city living. We’ve had several conversations about raising our family in the city, the challenges but the values we wanted to instill in them: diversity, a value of humanity and the gospel meeting broken people everyday.
Through prayer, community, and counsel from those who have gone before us, God’s pulling us to plant a church in Chicago, specifically in the north side.