In 1975, Dr. John M. Perkins’s close friend and co-founder of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), Wayne Gordon, moved to North Lawndale located in Chicago. At that time, North Lawndale was the 15th poorest neighborhood in the United States. Wayne and Anne Gordon, along with some local high school students, founded Lawndale Community Church. Since then, Lawndale has grown to include the Lawndale Christian Health Center, the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, and the John Perkins Center.

Click here to visit Lawndale Community Church’s website and learn more about their ministry in Chicago.