The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, IL

The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian is pastor and head of staff of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, IL.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana, and earned her master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT, and her doctor of ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Before coming to Lake Forest in 2005, she served churches in Columbus, OH, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, and Clarendon Hills, IL. 

An accomplished writer, her work frequently appears in the Christian Century, Presbyterian Outlook, and other publications. She is also an editor and contributor to the Feasting on the Gospels series, a follow up to the Feasting on the Word commentary series. 

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian

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The Christian Citizen: What Does the Lord Require of Us?

Tuesday August 20, 2013
The Rev. Dr. Chris Chakoian helps us grapple with Jesus' difficult teaching to render to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar’s (Matthew 22:15-22). Everything belongs to our sovereign God””so rendering to God what is God’s means rendering everything to God: putting all our choices, all our power, all our relationships, all our resources towards God’s will.

A Guiding Voice

Tuesday August 20, 2013
In her All Saints' Sunday sermon on the "great cloud of witnesses" in Hebrews 11, Dr. Chris Chakoian says that though it’s important to appreciate the present, and to look to the future with hope, the most important orientation toward time may be a positive appreciation of the past. The more we savor memories of relationships and let go of grudges, connect to our roots and let go of our forebears’ failings, the better grounded and centered we will be.