Prayer & Action
The trajectory of the Bible and its message of shalom points us to peace, well-being, and completeness—all of which are traits illuminated by Jesus Christ throughout the gospel.
While prayer is essential, we recognize our need to go beyond and to “wear our prayers” through God-inspired action. As a prayer movement, we want to celebrate those who are working towards shalom in our communities.
While we continue to pray, we provide opportunities to roll up our sleeves and collaboratively work towards shalom in Chicagoland. We believe that in order to bring holistic change, we must be both “on our knees” in prayer and “on our feet” in action.
Chicagoland United in Prayer was formed in 2017 as a collaboration of many praying networks, including Pray Chicago which began in 2014. This collective effort champions seasonal rhythms of prayer and action throughout the year.
United Prayer Gatherings
Years of Seasonal Rhythms
Over Memorial Day Weekend 2022, we rallied churches / organizations / individuals to host united...
Leaders and parishioners from many Chicago congregations marched downtown and gathered in...
Building Blocks of Peace is a 3-month training course (Mar, Apr, May) + 3-month mobilization...
"God is using Together Chicago and Chicagoland United in Prayer to unite an otherwise divided city and overcome Race, Gender, Class, and Neighborhood. My prayer is that relationships formed become transformative by the love we develop for each other—'Oh, how they loved one another'!"
– Felecia Thompson
Gineen graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BA in Arts and Sciences. After college, she worked in the airline industry where she developed a passion for seeking out what is unique in people and places—in how others live and see the world. She has a gift of empathy, and a desire to help others find their strengths and connect with a supportive community: believing we are at our best when the weak and strong work together.
She holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University, and has worked in nonprofit and private practice providing counseling, coaching, and assessment at various locations in the city: in the Loop, Rogers Park, and as part of Lawndale Christian Center.
Gineen and her husband Joe live on the Northside of Chicago, and partner with 20th District CAPS Faith-based Subcommittee and with the Chicago Police Department’s Custom Notifications initiative, and are a part of Chicagoland United in Prayer.
Dr. John Fuder
Dr. John Fuder is the Founder and Director of Heart for the City. Doc Fuder’s passion to teach and train others to engage the city comes from his many years of experience in ministry in California and training students in Urban Studies at Moody Theological Seminary. Now Doc Fuder is equipping the broader body of Christ to engage more deeply in contextualizing the Gospel in their local communities.
Doc started the PrayChicago movement in 2014 which has grown into Chicagoland United in Prayer. He holds a B.R.E. from Prairie Bible College, an M.A. in Religion from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. from Biola University.
He and his wife, Nellie, have three children and two granddaughters and live on Chicago’s north side and are part of Park Community Church.
Tio Hardiman, Executive Director for Violence Interrupters, NFP, two-time Gubernatorial Candidate, has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. In 1999 -2013. Mr. Hardiman joined CeaseFire, an award-winning public health model that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings. In 2004, Tio created the Violence Interrupters Initiative. Tio has served as Executive Director for Violence Interrupters, NFP from 2013- present.
Tio also joined forces with Together Chicago in late 2019 to help oversee the Violence Reduction efforts in the Westhaven Park Community.
He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern University and a Masters Degree in Inner City Studies.
Kimberly Harshman did her Pastoral studies at Global University with Assemblies of God. After nearly 20 years in youth and children’s ministry, she felt a call on her life to make prayer and intercession her full time occupation. She participated in an internship with International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC), where she later went on staff as a full time intercessor in the 24/7 Global Prayer Room. As an overflow of that prayer, she worked as the Prayer Coordinator for the anti-human trafficking organization, Exodus Cry. She coordinated global prayer watches for the ending of human trafficking and managed the Human Trafficking Museum. She was also on the team that created the award winning film, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a Christ centered documentary, raising awareness on the global sex trade.
Kimberly has traveled abroad to minister to at risk women and to help launch Love Your City Initiatives and Houses of Prayer in India. After traveling to India, she was on layover in Chicago, when she heard the Lord invite her to come and build the House of Prayer in this city. She now works with Chicagoland United in Prayer to mobilize prayer and action events in Chicago. She has joined the Together Chicago team as our Prayer Team Coordinator. She brings with her a passion to see prayer and justice to walk hand in hand for the transformation of our city.
Chicago native. One of 7 children. Revolutionary.
After years of leading Chicago Embassy Church, in 2017 Ed became a spiritual advisor to Chicago business and government leaders and is currently Chief Church Liaison Officer at Together Chicago.
As a child of the 1960’s Civil Rights movement, Ed has been involved in community relations for nearly 50 years. As a young adult, he joined the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, to bring awareness to the national injustices debilitating the African-American community. In 1969, he was employed by AT&T and served the organization for many years. While at At&T, Ed started a bible study in its downtown headquarters after receiving the calling from Jesus Christ. In 1983 New Heritage Christian Center was formed and two years later Ed resigned from his Account Executive position to pastor full-time.
Ed holds a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute (1975). He continues to guest-teach at several Bible Colleges and Seminaries. He has groomed many spiritual leaders, many of whom are serving as senior pastors locally and internationally.
Ed and his wife, Katie, have 3 children, two of which have proceeded them into eternity.
Nate Tubbs is a communications professional, organizer, and entrepreneur with a passion for his neighborhood and partnership in the city of Chicago. He has worked in the non-profit sector for many years in design, marketing, consulting, and community organizing.
Since 2014, Nate has worked alongside Dr. John Fuder and the leadership of both Pray Chicago and Chicagoland United in Prayer to administrate a growing coalition of individuals and churches working to develop habits of united prayer and collective action in Chicago.
You will find Nate at west side community meetings, his local school council, his block’s community garden, or playing with his kids. Nate and his wife, Jamie, and their three children live on Chicago’s west side.