Wayside Cross Ministries

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HELP FOR ALL WHO HUNGER We're a Bible-based, Christ-centered shelter and recovery center. Our ministries are dedicated to helping the homeless, addicted, abused, at-risk, and imprisoned experience the transformational hope of Jesus Christ

Contact information

Mailing address:
Wayside Cross Ministries
215 E. New York Street
Aurora, IL 60505

Website: waysidecross.org

Phone: 630-892-4239

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362167950

CEO/President: James Lukose


Board size: 13

Founder: Billy Sunday

Ruling year: 1935

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since: 2009


To be a Christ-centered ministry pursuing excellence through transformed lives for God's glory.

Mission statement

To honor God by loving and serving the afflicted and powerless through sharing the Gospel of forgiveness and hope in Jesus Christ by empowering them to be disciples of Christ.

Statement of faith

The Bible is God's written revelation to man and thus the sixty-six books of the Bible given to us by the Holy Spirit. It is verbally inspired equally in all parts, absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible and God-breathed. (1 Cor. 2:7-14; 2 Pet. 1:20-21; 2 Tim. 3:16)

God the Father, the first person of the trinity, is the creator of all things. He is sovereign in creation, providence and redemption. As creator, He is the Father to all men, but He is the Spiritual Father only to believers. (Ps. 145:8-9; 1 Cor. 8:6; Gen. 1:1-31; Eph. 4:6; Rom. 8:14; 2 Cor. 6:18)

Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity, possesses all the divine excellences, and in these He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. He was virgin-born and in His incarnation He accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became God-Man. He was God incarnate, and that the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem man and rule over God's kingdom. We are redeemed by His atoning death on the cross through His shed blood, that He bodily resurrected and ascended into heaven, and that He will come again in power and great Glory! (John 10:30, 14:9; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:9; Is. 7:14; John 1:1, 14, 10:15; Rom. 3:24; Acts 1:9-11; Rev. 20)

The Holy Spirit is a divine person, eternal, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity including intellect, emotions, eternality, omnipresence, omniscience and truthfulness. In all the divine attributes, He is equal with the Father and the Son. (1 Cor. 2:10-13; Matt. 28:19; Heb. 10:15-17)

There is but one living and true God, an infinite all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three persons ' Father, Son and Holy Spirit ' each equally deserving worship and obedience. (Deut. 6:4; Is. 45:5-7; John 4:24; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)

God directly and immediately created man in His own image and likeness. Man was created free of sin, with a rational nature, volition and moral responsibility to God. As a result of Adam's sin of disobedience to the revealed will and Word of God, man became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing what is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. Adam's sin has been transmitted to all men of all ages, Jesus Christ being the only exception. All men are thus sinners by nature, by choice and by divine declaration. (Gen. 2:7, 15-25, 3:1-19; Rom. 3:23; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Tim. 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8)

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen. 1:26-27)

We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman, and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union. (Gen. 2:18-25; 1 Cor. 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4)

Salvation is accomplished by the almighty power of the triune God. The entire process ' election, regeneration and redemption ' is the work of God and grace alone. All the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God's power and will persevere, as all who are saved are ultimately glorified and thus are secure in Christ forever. (Rom. 8:30-33; John 1:12, 5:24; Eph. 1:4-7; 1 Pet. 2:10; Jude 24) All who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united Spiritual body, the church of which Christ is the head. (1 Cor. 12:12-13; Eph. 1:22, 4:15; Col. 1:18)

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Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

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More than 95 years ago, along the banks of the Fox River, during the time of the great depression, the great evangelist Billy Sunday held a series of meetings in Aurora about the urgent need for a rescue mission. A place of shelter and hope for people in need where area pastors and the church could feed and clothe the naked as Christ commanded. Not long after, these churches and their pastors formed the Aurora Ministerial Alliance, and Wayside Cross was born. Today, Aurora Illinois history remains forever etched through this landmark of hope that now provides six distinct ministry divisions to serve and house people in need. It's supported by church partners, individuals and area business who believe in the work, and what God is doing here.

Initially, the doors of the Mission were opened to provide spiritual and material help to the growing numbers of transient men in downtown Aurora. Compassion for the imprisoned resulted in a volunteer corps of workers being enlisted to provide religious services at Kane County Jail. Weekday children's clubs were initiated, as well as a Sunday School for poor and neglected youth. Homeless women and children were housed in Wayside's chapel.

These early years were characterized by prayer, hard work, and undaunted faith in God. Vision became a reality as countless numbers of people were helped. Lives were transformed, and God was glorified.

Through God's grace, the ministry continues to transform, as much as the people we've helped, thanks to the prayers and support of area churches and servant leaders who have been raised up to guide the ministry through tremendous growth and meet the growing needs of the broken, addicted and abused.

Today, the vision continues...by the Body of Christ and through the power of God, we have evolved from one ministry-to six distinct, vibrant Bible-based, Christ-centered divisions focused on transforming lives of men, women, youth, and children in the greater Chicagoland area.

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