Good Shepherd Parish Metropolitan Community Church Records

Span Dates: 1974-2004
Bulk Dates:
Volume: 32.5 linear feet


The collection includes the records of Reverend Ken Martin, who expanded the church’s outreach to the community, treasurer’s files, audiovisual materials, financial records, and materials related to the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches.

Hist/Bio Note

In 1974 Reverend Arthur Green started the Good Shepherd Parish Metropolitan Community Church. The Metropolitan Church doctrine included open acceptance of gays and lesbians and Good Shepherd Parish was the first church to minister specifically to Chicago’s gay and lesbian population. Among its efforts at outreach to the community was its participation in the Night Ministry in the Lake View neighborhood, care for AIDS patients, and ministry in state prisons. It closed in 2007 due to declining membership.

Finding Aid

A brief description of the collection can be found on the Gerber Hart collection guide.


This collection was donated to Gerber Hart Library and Archives after the Good Shepard Church closed and is open to the public. 500 N CLARK STREET CHICAGO, IL 60626 Phone: 773-381-8030


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