Our History


Yesterday. Today. Forever.

We at the North Side Gospel Center enjoy a rich heritage! Back in the days of gangster activity, when it appeared that the enemy was gaining the upper hand, the Lord was setting apart His own for the purpose of getting out the Gospel of His wonderful grace! Our founding pastor, Lance B. Latham as a young man was eagerly serving the Lord Jesus Christ with a man by the name of Paul Rader. For fifteen years "Doc Latham", (as he was affectionately known,) worked with Mr. Rader in the areas of evangelism and music. Indeed the days of ministry at the Chicago Gospel Tabernacle were exciting and momentous, but God was burdening Doc's heart for a work on the northwest side of Chicago. On Easter Sunday, 1933 Doc preached his first sermon as pastor of the newly formed "North Side Gospel Center." His text was II Corinthians 5:5 "Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame things is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit." (KJV)

An emphasis on youth and music combined with the preaching of salvation by grace alone through faith in the finished work of Calvary was burning its way into the northwest side of Chicago. Both Mr. and Mrs. Latham poured their hearts into the work. The emphasis on youth with its enthusiastic missionary challenge saw many go overseas to present the gospel of grace to those who had never heard. The missionary challenge is to this day still a vital part of the ministry of the North Side Gospel Center. The Awana Clubs International, known across the United States and Canada and branching into other parts of the world had its humble beginnings in the basement of the North Side Gospel Center. Scripture memorization, the presentation of the gospel of grace, and missionary zeal still characterizes the ministry of Awana.

During Lance Latham's ministry the North Side Gospel Center purchased Camp Awana in Fredonia Wisconsin. Camp Awana's 125 acres and numerous buildings erected over the years, provide a pleasant atmosphere in both summer and winter and hearing the Word of God. Many can testify to salvation and/or growth while attending Camp Awana.

In the fall of 1973, Dick Sisson at Doc's invitation and confirmation by the board became the pastor. For five years as pastor of the Center, Dick's zeal for evangelistic outreach saw the birth of the evangelism workshop where over 700 were trained in how to share the gospel. This material eventually led to the publication by Moody Press of Dick's first book, Training for Evangelism. During the five years of Dick Sisson's leadership, many came to know Christ as Savior and were added to the work of the North Side Gospel Center. A new building which includes a sizable gymnasium was erected to accommodate an ever increasing ministry. In the fall of 1978 Pastor Sisson was led of the Lord to another pastorate in Madison, Wisconsin.

In July of 1979, David Mitchell was called to the pastorate of the North Side Gospel Center.

Blaine Allen then became the pastor, July 1985 until July 1989.

David Broome was called to be senior pastor and served until    .

Tim Burns who grew up at the North Side Gospel Center was called in    and served until  .

From   until 2012 the church had several intern pastors including two of their missionaries, Vince Burke and Vern Dyck along many seminary students and guests speakers.

Then on September 16, 2012 Pastor Howard J. Duncan was called to serve pastor of the North Side Gospel Center, and continues to serve to this date.