Irving Park United Methodist Church Capital Campaign  


Our Capital Campaign is on hold while we consider the overall needs of the building and ministry.  All donated funds are in a secure account, and if building redesign or repairs are planned, all donors will be informed as to the process.

The history of the Capital Campaign:

In late 2013 we embarked on a Capital Campaign in order to address building needs that would enable us to continue to serve Christ in the Community from Grace as this congregation has done since 1888. The mission of the people who worship and gather here remains focused on service. After careful discernment and ongoing work since 2000, our Trustees and Capital Campaign Core Team identified a series of key projects and initiatives that are the basis for this campaign. 

In October 2014 a special matching gifts element of the campaign was introduced for a designated period of time to raise funds $220,000 needed for immediate repairs to the north wall of our church. 

North Wall & Chancel Window

On January 25, 2015 we held a benefit to help raise needed money to do the repairs that will secure the safety of this window and restore the north wall.  Afterwards, we realized that spending a lot of money on the North wall was not wise when the west wall and tower also needed extensive repairs.  Since then, we have consulted with architects, engineers and a developer about a more comprehensive program for building renewal and redevelopment.  

If you have questions about this campaign, please contact our Chairman Mike Blaha, who also leads our Trustees. Mike can be reached at: 773-710-9634 or ipumccapital@aol.com. All contributions to the Capital Campaign are held in a separate account by the Trustees and will only be used as a part of a comprehensive plan for repairs and/or redevelopment. Click here to make an online contribution. Or mail your contribution to: Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N. Keeler Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641. Please indicate in the memo line that this is for the Capital Campaign. You also can select an element on our Tree of Life based on the level of your contribution. 

Capital Campaign Core Team

  • Mike Blaha, Chairman CC & Trustees    
  • Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley. Lead Pastor
  • David Foster, Lay Leader                              
  • Brett Williams, Finance Chairman 
  • Vicci Rodgers, Memorials Committee

Capital Campaign Ad Hoc Team Members

  • Janet Spencer, Memorials Committee
  • Brent Prather, Staff Parish chairman
  • Lowell Allen, Retired UMC Pastor 
  • Hope Reyes, IPUMC Program Minister
  • Joyce & Gerry Mylander, Fellowship
  • Claire Kraneis Conaghan, Church Council Chairman

If you have questions about this Capital Campaign, please contact Mike Blaha 773-710-9634 or email: ipumccapital@aol.com. Or, call the church office 773-283-6262 and ask to talk with any member of the Capital Campaign.