The mission of Chicago Embassy Church is to wrap our arms around Chicago and love the city to life in Christ. We do this by engaging people from every walk of life to equip, release and support them to flourish in their God-ordained purpose.

The Greatest Story Ever Told


The essential truth of the Gospel is that God loves you and has provided a means for salvation for mankind through His Son Jesus Christ. 


Jesus suffered as a sacrifice for sin, defeated death and now offers a blessed and eternal life to everyone who accepts it.


This salvation is God’s gift, not something that has to be earned; and it is available to everyone at whatever place and time they are ready to receive it.

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Senior Leaders

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Prophet Chris & Lady Aziza Butler


Pastor Chris has been involved in Church leadership for 16 years and has engaged in passionate service to the city of Chicago for even longer. 

As a youth, Chris worked as a community organizer on Chicago’s west side, building out strong youth participation in local community groups.  This work helped to establish organizations designed to help young people build themselves and their communities.  As a young man, Chris has been involved in several efforts to improve educational equity in Chicago including service as the founding Executive Director of Parent Power Chicago.

Pastor Chris’ ministry efforts include service as an Associate Pastor at Chicago Embassy Church, leadership in the church planting team at Legacy Fellowship Church and the founding of the Chicago Peace Campaign, which organizes churches and other faith-based institutions to build peacemaking networks in local communities. 

Pastor Chris has a Bachelor's Degree in Civic and Political Engagement from Northeastern Illinois University.  He and his wife, Aziza are joyful parents of four children Azaria (7), Corban (5), Azadi (3) and Christopher (1).

 Leadership Team


Minister Steven Carpenter
Minister of Music

Prophet Fred & Dr. Margo Nance

Apostle Renee Gray
Prophetic Ministry Director & Worship Pastor

Prophetess Sandra Walker
Pastoral Team Member

Pastor Joseph Banks
Executive Pastor

Pastor Joseph & Pastor Almeter Kennedy
Stewardship Pastors