Glorify Christ by Making Disciples of All Nations

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About Us

Embassy Church is a young church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Embassy Church was birthed on February 15, 2014. Our desire is to be a church passionate about God receiving the glory he alone deserves. We are committed to His Word, His gospel, His church, and His mission. We are ordinary people who have been transformed by an extraordinary gospel - Jesus Christ died and was raised so that sinners would be reconciled to God. This is the good news we have a passion to proclaim, live, and share. We invite you to join us for our next worship service.


Our Mission

Embassy Church Exists to Glorify Christ By Making Disciples of All Nations

Our mission is all about the glory of Christ. It is not the number of people or the types of programs we offer. Instead we want our eyes fixed on the one person, Jesus Christ! Our church growth strategy is to lift up Christ. For, whenever he is lifted up, He willdraw all people to Himself. (Jn 12:32)

How do we bring glory to Christ?

The primary way a church is to bring glory to Christ is by spreading His name and honor through disciple-making (Matt. 28:18-20). We want everything we do as a church to fall under the banner of disciple-making. Every meeting we have together as a church should help us make disciples. We want every program or initiative that we start to answer this question: "Will this program help us do a better job at making disciples?"

When Have We Accomplished Our Mission?

The task of glorifying Christ through making disciples ends when all the nations of the Earth have disciples of Christ. There are currently 11,291 nations in the world. Of the 11,291 nations there are 6,895 nations where less than 2% of the population is evangelical Christian. Of the 6,895 nations there are 2,897 nations that are not being engaged with the gospel by anyone. In other words, we have been given a task and it is not finished. This means we need to redefine what success looks like in the church. We need to judge our success not by our church's seating capacity, but by our church's sending capacity.

Our Pastoral Staff

Phil Howell

Pastor of Preaching (Staff Pastor)

Phill Howell serves as the Pastor of Preaching for Embassy Church. He and his wife, Christine, have four children. They both grew up in southern Maryland, met in high school, and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University.

After college Phill served as the Student Ministries Pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Bourbonnais, IL from 2006 to 2009. In September 2009, the Howell's moved to Washington, D.C. and joined Capitol Hill Baptist Church. During this season, Phill earned a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, worked on staff with Campus Outreach at George Washington University and participated in a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist.

In October of 2012, Capitol Hill Baptist Church sent the Howell's to Chicago to partner with Edgewater Baptist Church to start Embassy Church. After a year of praying and exploring Chicago God brought a core group together to start Embassy Church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2017, Phill began working on a Ph.D. in Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Etienne Nel

Elder (Non-Staff Pastor)

Etienne serves as a non-staff pastor and elder at Embassy Church. He and his wife, Kate, have four children. He grew up in South-Africa and lived in Dubai (UAE) for 18 years where he served as an elder at the United Christian Church of Dubai (now ECCD) for 11 ½ years before relocating to the USA. Other than elder responsibilities, he leads and hosts a community group and serves in the music ministry. Etienne is a professional quantity surveyor, working as a construction consultant in Chicago.

David Marus

Pastoral Intern

David currently serves as the Pastoral Assistant for the Embassy church. David moved to the area after graduating from the Moody Bible Institute. David is originally from Charlotte, NC, where he was born and raised. He desires to serve the church and pursue full-time church ministry. He currently helps lead a community group and oversees the welcoming ministry at Embassy.

Our Deacons

Brendon Meltz

Deacon of Ushering

Brendon serves as the Deacon of Ushering. He oversees and schedules Ushers for the passing of communion and offering.

Areka Jindoyan

Deacon of Hospitality

Areka serves as deaconess Hospitality. She organizes and oversees breakfast and luncheon volunteer teams.

Sergey Terpay

Deacon of Finances

Sergey serves as the deacon of Finances, caring for and handling all aspects of finances for Embassy church.

Ed Mims

Deacon of Technology

Ed serves as Deacon of Technology, coordinating the setup of audiovisual aspects of the worship service, which consists of ensuring the microphones are operable and the lyric slides are in working order.

Julie Roper

Deacon of Children and Family Ministries

Julie serves as the Deaconess of Children and Family Ministry, overseeing all ministries dealing with children and their families. She also coordinators and trains volunteers for such ministries

Nate Feder

Deacon of Youth

Nate coordinates and leads the Student Ministry team and helps organizes events for the youth of Embassy.

Hyeri Lee

Deacon of Music

Hyeri serves as a Deaconess of Music, overseeing Sunday worship and coordinating worship teams

What We Believe

We believe that God, the originator of all things, gave us The Scriptures, as our perfect guide, and that People, who were created to worship God have sinned against him, but have been offered Salvation which is rooted in God's Grace and includes the simultaneous gifts of Regeneration and Justification. These gifts are applied to us by our Repentance and Faith which we will continue to do our entire life through the process of Sanctification and The Perseverance of Believers. God designed us to grow best and accomplish His mission when we are members of The Church through the waters of Baptism and partaking in the Lord's Supper. Membership in the church encourages us to be faithful in caring for our earthly Families and submitting to the Civil Government, until Christ returns to establish these heavenly realities in the World to Come, which we pray will arrive soon.


Time and Location

Every Sunday at 11:30 am
We meet inside of the First United Methodist Church of Palatine.

123 N Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL, 60067


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Where Do I Enter?

Please use the main entrance in the middle of the building.

What To Expect

Our worship gatherings are centered around God's word and focus on the glory of Jesus Christ.

• We read God's word
• We pray in accordance with God's word
• We sing songs saturated with truth from God's word
• We preach expositionally through God's word
• We visibly see God's word through baptisms and the Lord's Supper.

What should I wear?

If we overemphasize our external appearance, then this will hinder our ability to focus on Jesus. So we want to encourage you to not worry about what you will wear, what others are wearing, or what others might be thinking about you. If you come, we hope you experience a church who cares more about the inside of a person than the outside.

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Children and Youth

The mission of Embassy's Children and Youth Ministry is helping children and students mature in Christ.

We help children and students mature in Christ by:

• Supporting and encouraging parents who are primarily responsible for teaching biblical truths to their children and youth (Ephesians 6:4).
• Making the whole counsel of Scripture known to children and youth with special emphasis on the Gospel (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17).
• Praying for the children and youth. We rely on the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts through the faithful teaching of God's Word (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:4-10).
• Living faithfully before the children and youth. We aim to model for them how Christians are called to respond to God, interact with each other, and with the world around us (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1).

Nursery - Pre-K: Weekly on Sundays: The infants are cared for in the nursery room and our toddlers are in another room where they are taught a Bible story and have time to play
K - 2nd grade: A weekly class during the sermon of the worship service. This class uses the Gospel Project curriculum. All of the children stay with their parents for the first part of the service when we sing the Word, read the Word, and pray the Word. They are then dismissed before the sermon during the Offering. The class has a short lesson together taught by a teacher and then applied with discussion and activities. For more information contact our Deaconess of Children and Family Ministry, Julie Roper, or any of our pastoral staff.
6th - 12th grade: Bi-monthly. We host a youth gathering every other Sunday of the month after the service. During these gatherings, we encourage fellowship, provide food, and engage in bible study. The purpose of these gatherings is to motivate young people to pursue Christ and foster friendships that can facilitate mentoring relationships within the church. Our church is committed to making and leading disciples by spending intentional time both in and outside the church building through one-on-one meetings among adults, youth, and children. If you need more information, please reach out to our Deacon of Youth, Nathan Feder, or any of our pastoral staff.


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