About Our History
Feeling drawn by the Holy Spirit to launch a new church built upon the unfailing promises of God, Gregory Dickow and his wife, Grace moved to Chicago, not long after they were married; and eventually began holding Bible studies in a hotel conference room. Beginning with just a handful of people, we incorporated as a church in 1993 while meeting in an elementary school gymnasium in Elk Grove, Illinois. This newly founded non-denominational church grew rapidly and attracted a dynamic & diverse congregation with the rich message of God's grace and love. Now over 20 years later Life Changers meets in 2 locations: Hoffman Estates which is in the West Suburbs of Chicago and Downtown Chicago at Whitney Young High school. Life Changers is uniquely multi-cultural and is a place that God has truly gather all nations together to worship.
WE BELIEVE GOD HAS CALLED US TO:
- Love God & people unconditionally
- Teach God's word uncompromisingly .
- Encourage people unceasingly .
About Our Pastors
Gregory Dickow is the founder and pastor of Life Changers International Church, one of the largest churches in the Chicagoland area. He is also the host of The Power to Change Today - an international television ministry that reaches a potential audience of over 900 million households weekly. The Beginning Born in Detroit, Michigan, Gregory Dickow's young life was filled with loneliness & pain. In his search for satisfaction and relief, Gregory became addicted to drugs and alcohol by the time he was 16 years old. Desperate for a reason to live, he attended a Bible study a co-worker had invited him to. It was at that Bible study that he accepted Jesus Christ as His Savior and Lord and was born-again. This pivotal experience marked the end of the chaotic period of his youth and the beginning of a revolutionary journey. His dramatic journey continued at college, where he immersed himself in God's Word and created an on-campus church, while completing his degree at Western Michigan University. While in college, he also spent several summers on the mission fields of Asia, sharing his faith, helping to build churches, and training young men and women in Christian leadership. Feeling drawn by the Holy Spirit to launch a new church built upon the unfailing promises of God, Gregory and his wife, Grace, moved to Chicago, not long after they were married; and launched Life Changers International Church.
God is not mad at you, He is mad about you!
About Our Vision
Jesus said "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel; and make disciples of all the nations…" Gregory Dickow believes that can best be done beginning right where you are. "We don't necessarily have to leave our city to reach the world. People are hurting all around us," Dickow says. "And people from all over the world have come to us, right here in the city of Chicago. They move here, work here and study here. They might as well become disciples of Jesus, right here! We can reach the world, starting in our own backyard; next door, at our jobs, in our classrooms. Everyone can reach someone with the gospel of Jesus Christ." Gregory Dickow's unique vision led to the continued expansion of the church and to a spiritual renaissance that would eventually embrace the needs of thousands in the Chicagoland area by giving them a place to belong, a place to believe, and a place to be loved. In the fall of 2004, Life Changers International Church opened its new church campus and world outreach center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on 30 acres of land. The beautiful campus includes a 3,000 seat sanctuary, a 400 seat World Prayer Center, a multipurpose gymnasium, a leadership training center, and a fully-equipped radio and TV studio. The campus also houses Valeo Academy, a dynamic Christian school from kindergarten through twelfth grade. With Grace Dickow as founder, Valeo Academy focuses on an individualized approach to a classic curriculum, educating the next generation to walk in the character and power of God.
Also, our brand new Downtown Chicago campus will be completed in the Fall of 2014. Life Changers purchased a building on 15th & Loomis which is currently in the renovation process. We are excited for it's grand opening to further our reach & outreach to the inner city of Downtown Chicago.
About Our Future
The success of Life Changers Church can be summed up in Pastor Dickow's core message best described as—a word for this generation that is as timeless as it is contemporary. It touches every life; satisfies every soul, heals every pain--it is the great elixir of all that ails mankind: It is the radical, audacious, revolutionary, unconventional, unparalleled, relentless love of God! He can often be heard saying: God's not mad at you, He is mad about you. This message of God's love, grace and power has been the foundation since the church's inception; and it is what has changed the lives of countless men and women; young and old. But we are just getting started! Pastor Dickow believes the greatest way to reach people is to go to them. It is our mission to reach the lost, hurting and broken. We can accomplish this through our outreach to the homes, the streets, the jails, the mission field, and the hearts of people from every background and every walk of life. Romans 13:8 says, "Owe no man anything, but to love him." Join us on our relentless journey to introduce people of every background, to the unconditional, revolutionary, love of God through Jesus Christ!