About Oakdale


Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith

We are the largest African-American congregation in the Evangelical Covenant Churches of America.  Although Oakdale is primarily an African-American congregation, it was founded in 1902 as a Swedish immigrant congregation at 8801 South Normal on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. During the late 1960s the surrounding community experienced a cultural and ethnic transition dramatically altering the congregation’s ethnic make-up. This transition spilled over into the Oakdale congregation. In 1970, Oakdale called its first African-American pastor, Reverend Dr. Willie B. Jemison, who served until his retirement in January 2000. Under Pastor Jemison’s leadership, Oakdale grew from a small congregation of less than one hundred to over twelve hundred. The growth was so strong that our current worship center, 9440 S. Vincennes, was erected to accommodate the growth in disciples and ministries. In 1992, Oakdale Christian Academy and Childcare center was established to respond to the educational needs of the community.

Mission & Purpose

Moving from Membership to Discipleship, Oakdale Covenant Covenant Church is committed to leading individuals in their relationship with Jesus Christ to Worship, Grow, and Serve.

Our Beliefs & Values

The Covenant Church Believes in the Holy Scriptures, the Old and new Testaments as the Word of God and the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21)

Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ! Membership in a Covenant Church is granted to those who, through faith in God’s son, our Lord Jesus Christ, have been born again to a living hope; who have been baptized in the name of the Triune God, and who are committed to living a Christian life (Matthew 28:19,20; John 1:12)

Dedicated Life

We believe in the dedicated life. It is the outward expression of the new life within which promoted the Apostle Paul to write “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. (Galatians 2:20)


We believe in the unity of all Christians. On the basis of Scripture, we believe we should accept into membership all whom Christ accepted. Differences in minor points of doctrine do not require a different church and must not divide us. (I Corinthians 12: 12, 13)


We believe in the principle of freedom within the discipline of the spiritual fellowship. (Ephesians 4:1-4)

Eternal Kingdom

We believe in the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (I Timothy 1:16, 17; Revelations 11:15)

Evangelical Witness

We believe in the Evangelical witness: sharing, spreading the “GOOD NEWS”, (Acts 1:8)

“Dr. Griffin is in touch with cutting edge resources for moving a historic and challenging congregation through the maze of transition!”

Dr. Raphael G Warnock, Ph.D, Sr. Pastor
Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church of Atlanta, GA

Our Team & Leadership


Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin

Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. D. Darrell Griffin is a Pastor, Ministry Coach, Spiritual Director, Published Author and Certified Enneagram
Trainer who is committed to educating, empowering and transforming the lives of God’s people.