What are the historical influences on the Evangelical Covenant Church?

  • Pietist renewal whose motto was “all that matters is faith acting in love,” and emphasized a loving, patient God who cares for God’s children by seeking and finding them each personally; the importance of a conversion experience, the study of Scripture, and the ministry of lay and ordained leaders.
  • Moravianism, which emphasized Christ-centered spirituality, a view of God as a welcoming friend and Christ as a redeeming companion on the pilgrim journey, and a sense of that journey as characterized by great joy and gratitude.
  • The sermons of American revivalists and the experience of renewal led the Covenant Church to a message of a gracious God who offers new life in Christ. This gospel invitation centers on extending hospitality, nurturing relationships, and sharing in Christian community.

How has the Evangelical Covenant Church cared for the world?

  • Care for immigrants and refugees through early ministries at Castle Garden and Ellis Island.
  • Global mission and evangelism through early missions to Alaska and China, eventually expanding to the entire globe.
  • Ministries of benevolence through retirement communities, enabling residences, homes for children.
  • Education through North Park University in Chicago, Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos in Compton, California (CHET), Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, as well as educational ministries around the world.

What is the future of the Evangelical Covenant Church?

As a growing, multiethnic denomination, we celebrate what God has done in our history as an immigrant church who welcomes everyone to relationship with Jesus Christ. More and more people are joining us every day.

Lina Sánchez-Herrera

Chicago West Suburbs, Illinois

ECC Conference: Central
Gender: Female


Receiving New Directees: Yes
Directing Clergy: Yes
Client Genders: Both men and women
Skype or Facetime: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish
Retreat/Workshop Leader: Yes


C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary


Pastors/Church Leadership, Missionaries, University Students, Discernment Process, Transitions, Multi-Ethnic Issues, Second Half of Life, Prayer, Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Prior to moving to the USA, I was a professor at the National University of Colombia and served with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Colombia for 16 years. Starting in 2001, I served as InterVarsity National Staff in the USA. I have a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, and I serve in Spiritual Direction to those who want to be fully present and available to God and receive His grace over them. My joy is to see professors and college students coming to know Jesus and being transformed into people that bring the good news of righteousness and justice to others.

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