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About Us

Embassy Church is a young church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.

Embassy Church was birthed on February 15, 2014. Our desire is to be a church passionate about God receiving the glory he alone deserves. We are committed to His Word, His gospel, His church, and His mission. We are ordinary people who have been transformed by an extraordinary gospel - Jesus Christ died and was raised so that sinners would be reconciled to God. This is the good news we have a passion to proclaim, live, and share. We invite you to join us for our next worship service.

Our Leaders

Our Pastoral Staff

Phill Howell

Pastor of Preaching (Staff Pastor)

Phill Howell serves as the Pastor of Preaching for Embassy Church. He and his wife, Christine, have four children. They both grew up in southern Maryland, met in high school, and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University.

After college Phill served as the Student Ministries Pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Bourbonnais, IL from 2006 to 2009. In September 2009, the Howell’s moved to Washington, D.C. and joined Capitol Hill Baptist Church. During this season, Phill earned a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, worked on staff with Campus Outreach at George Washington University and participated in a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist.

In October of 2012, Capitol Hill Baptist Church sent the Howell’s to Chicago to partner with Edgewater Baptist Church to start Embassy Church. After a year of praying and exploring Chicago God brought a core group together to start Embassy Church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2017, Phill began working on a Ph.D. in Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Etienne Nel

Elder (Non-Staff Pastor)

Etienne serves as a non-staff pastor and elder at Embassy Church. He and his wife, Kate, have four children. He grew up in South-Africa and lived in Dubai (UAE) for 18 years where he served as an elder at the United Christian Church of Dubai (now ECCD) for 11 ½ years before relocating to the USA. Other than elder responsibilities, he leads and hosts a community group and serves in the music ministry. Etienne is a professional quantity surveyor, working as a construction consultant in Chicago.

John Pai

Pastoral Assistant

John serves as the pastoral assistant at Embassy Church. He and his wife, Angela, moved to Illinois in 2020 so John could pursue a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also leads a weekly community group. His prior experience includes graduating from Biola University and serving in the US Army.

What We Believe

We believe that God, the originator of all things, gave us The Scriptures, as our perfect guide, and that People, who were created to worship God have sinned against him, but have been offered Salvation which is rooted in God’s Grace and includes the simultaneous gifts of Regeneration and Justification. These gifts are applied to us by our Repentance and Faith which we will continue to do our entire life through the process of Sanctification and The Perseverance of Believers. God designed us to grow best and accomplish His mission when we are members of The Church through the waters of Baptism and partaking in the Lord’s Supper. Membership in the church encourages us to be faithful in caring for our earthly Families and submitting to the Civil Government, until Christ returns to establish these heavenly realities in the World to Come, which we pray will arrive soon.

For a more detailed explanation of these doctrines that are in bold print above, review our Statement of Faith.

Time And Location

Every Sunday at 11:30 am

We meet inside of the First United Methodist Church of Palatine.

123 N Plum Grove Rd, Palatine, IL, 60067

Where do I enter?

Please use the main entrance in the middle of the building.

What To Expect

Our worship gatherings are centered around God’s word and focus on the glory of Jesus Christ.

  • We read God’s word
  • We pray in accordance with God’s word
  • We sing songs saturated with truth from God’s word
  • We preach expositionally through God’s word
  • We visibly see God’s word through baptisms and the Lord’s Supper.

What should I wear?

If we overemphasize our external appearance, then this will hinder our ability to focus on Jesus. So we want to encourage you to not worry about what you will wear, what others are wearing, or what others might be thinking about you. If you come, we hope you experience a church who cares more about the inside of a person than the outside.


Recent Sermons

Pastor Phill preaches this Sunday (Jan. 29, 2023) on Psalm 70. The 70th sermon in the Psalm series, the big idea is that Psalm 70 teaches us how to pray with…
Pastor Phill preaches this Sunday (Jan. 22, 2023) on Psalm 69. The 69th sermon in the Psalm series, the big idea this week is that a passion for God will…
Pastor Phill preaches this Sunday (Jan. 15, 2023) on Psalm 68. The 68th sermon in the Psalm series, the big idea this week is that Psalm 68 is a mash-up…
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See all previous Sermons here

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Children and Youth

The mission of Embassy’s Children and Youth Ministry is helping children and students mature in Christ.

We helping children and students mature in Christ by:

  • Supporting and encouraging parents who are primarily responsible for teaching biblical truths to their children and youth (Ephesians 6:4).
  • Making the whole counsel of Scripture known to children and youth with special emphasis on the Gospel (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Romans 1:16-17).
  • Praying for the children and youth. We rely on the Holy Spirit to regenerate their hearts through the faithful teaching of God’s Word (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:4-10).
  • Living faithfully before the children and youth. We aim to model for them how Christians are called to respond to God, interact with each other, and with the world around us (Matthew 5:16; 1 Corinthians 11:1).

  • Nursery – Pre-K: Weekly on Sundays: The infants are cared for in the nursery room and our toddlers are in another room where they are taught a Bible story and have time to play
  • K – 3rd grade: A weekly class during the sermon of the worship service. This class uses the Gospel Project curriculum. The curriculum follows a three-year cycle covering the Old and New Testament stories. All of the children stay with their parents for the first part of the service when we sing the Word, read the Word and pray the Word. They are then dismissed before the sermon. The class has a short lesson together taught by a teacher and then applied with discussion and activities.
  • 6th - 12th grade: Monthly. On the 2nd Saturday of the month we have a youth gathering in the home of a church member. These gathering are to encourage youth to develop friendships and are aimed at facilitating mentoring relationships within the church. Our church is committed to making disciples through one-on-one meetings among adults, youth, and children. Please speak with one of our pastors for more information and help with our mentoring ministry.


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