The Congregational United Church of Christ is an open and affirming place where everyone is welcome, no matter who you are or where you may be on life's journey.

In accordance with our shared value of inclusiveness, we welcome and accept into the full life and ministry of our church people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We maintain that every person has sacred worth as a unique creation made in the image of God. We believe that human sexuality is a gift from God.

We reach out to those who are disenfranchised from the religious community, and we seek growth and understanding as we continue toward inclusiveness.



“To be a community of Christ taking God’s word and work into the world.”


“To grow disciples for Christian Service.”



We welcome and affirm all persons as precious children of God.


We encourage and nurture the use of our God given gifts so that we may become involved, committed, and empowered to minister.


We joyfully praise God with biblically centered worship that is spiritually fulfilling and musically alive.

Spiritual Growth

We nurture individual spiritual development through a variety of Christian experiences.


We are called to continue Christ’s servant ministry by caring and doing for others in the community and the world.


We will, through our works and words, spread the message of God’s love to those we encounter.


We ask all to commit their time, talent and treasure in service to God.


We value Christian fellowship within our congregation and with other faith communities.


We stand up for what we prayerfully believe to be God’s direction.


In the spring of 1959, an ad appeared in the local paper announcing the formation of a new church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It read:

Thus began the life of the Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights (CUCC). Founding Pastor, Reverend W. Rowland Koch, made 1,500 calls to local homes gathering together persons interested in founding a new church in the rapidly growing suburb. Four acres of land on Kirchoff Road were purchased as the site for the church, but it was not until September of 1963 that our members were able to worship in their own sanctuary.

The intervening years were not spent waiting, however. Within one year, the church had grown to 99 members and 80 children. The church's vision of commitment to outward mission, social justice, children and youth, and personal spiritual growth blossomed with new programs and courageous stands on social issues.

We are a social action oriented church, with activities as diverse as volunteering our building as a PADS homeless shelter once a week to sponsoring prayer vigils for peace. Over the years, support of social issues has included sponsoring Cuban, Vietnamese, and Kosovo refugee families; supporting the open housing initiative; participation in Habitat for Humanity; sharing our facilities with two Korean congregations; and participating in mission work trips.

We are a congregation devoted to stewardship and mission and continue to pursue our original goal of giving 50% of collected monies to those in need. Our Stewardship and Mission ministries carefully review appeals for assistance and support many groups on the local, national, and worldwide levels.

Providing rich learning opportunities for our children and teens is another priority that has existed since our founding. Beginning with nursery care, and continuing through high school, our children are surrounded by a caring church family that supports their spiritual growth and helps them discover the personal faith that will support them throughout their lives.

The Congregational United Church of Christ of Arlington Heights cherishes its rich past and looks forward to the future with excitement and energy.  We welcome visitors and hope you will take the opportunity to join us for worship and fellowship!


The Rev. Gregory Sabetta, Pastor

Greg Sabetta has led a busy life. He was a professional musician (church and otherwise), marketing director for a music publisher, arts administrator, director of community relations for The Night Ministry. He still keeps his hand in music, guest lecturing at Chicago Theological Seminary, and is Director of Music for the Jewish High Holy Days at Emanuel Congregation in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood.


Rev. Sabetta has been called as our settled pastor at Congregational United Church of Christ, Arlington Heights beginning February 17th, 2021.

Deb Stassen, Office Manager

As Office Manager and Bookkeeper, Deb works in almost every facet of church life. She enjoys working with the Pastor, the Church Council, and members of the congregation. Her background is varied and full; from her career as an attorney, to business manager at a library, to substituting, and working in various office settings. There really is no one Deb has not worked with over the years from children to seniors. She is excited to bring that experience to CUCC and help it run and thrive. She and her family  have resided in Mount Prospect for over 25 years. They enjoy spending time together whenever their busy schedules allow.

Megan Murray, Choir Director

I began working at CUCC on Ash Wednesday of 2012.  Getting to know the choir members, working on the music, and worshiping together with the congregation has been an exciting and rewarding experience!  Prior to coming to CUCC, I sang in the Cantor Guild and with the Festival Choir at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Homewood, IL, for four years.  I sang with the Chancel Choir at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Decatur, IL, for three years while studying Music Education at Millikin University.  After graduating in 2007, I began working in Prospect Heights School District 23, where I currently work with elementary and middle school students in the General Music and Choir programs.

Nyela Basney, Keyboardist

Nyela Basney has been blessed, over the years, to lead the life of a professional musician, as an orchestra conductor, pianist, teacher and administrator that has led her, variously, to conduct the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, and to lead the Roberts Wesleyan College-Community Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony and several youth orchestras, Light Opera Works in Chicago and Orvieto Musica in Italy, as a teacher at North Park University and as a pianist in Italy, Hong Kong, Bosnia, Uruguay, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, etc.  She is happy to join the worship team of the Congregational United Church of Christ, to serve in a capacity that draws her closer to her late mother both of whose parents were Mennonite ministers who together served five churches in northern Michigan. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music as a pianist and lives in Roger's Park with her partner of many years Michael Hendrix.


Moderator: Drea Gates-Ehlers

Co-Moderator: Mark Silet

Treasurer: Laura Janus

Asst. Treasurer: Lorraine Ricci

Financial Secretary: Linda Janus

Assistant Financial Secretary: Shirley Guagenti

Clerk: Cindy Pattee

Spiritual Growth (Christian Ed): Sarah Ruthven

Music/Worship/Spiritual Space: Whitney Waters

Stewardship/Nominating: Jenny Wilkie

Evangelism/Marketing: Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler

Social Justice/Advocacy: JoAnn Rapp

Mission Support: Rick Wilk

Buildings and Grounds:Jeff Pattee

Hospitality/Fellowship: Sandy Hake and Cindy Waters

Care Deacon: Linda Janus