Gujarati Service

Sunday 10 am we praise and worship in the Gujarati language, give thanks to God and listen to the Word of God in Gujarati. After church service, we get together for the fellowship to celebrate and enjoy Indian chai.


English Service

Every First Sunday Combined Service in English

10:00 am

Combined services with Holy Communion 

Hindi Service

Hind Church Service 9 am

We sing Hindi hymns and the Word of God in the Hindi language.



Rev. Scort (Sanjay) Christy was born and raised in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.  After his marriage, he arrived in Chicago, in 1990, to join his wife. He first lived in Evanston and then, in 2000, he decided to settle down in Libertyville with his young family that included three children. Since establishing his home in Libertyville, he has been involved with local sports and with various activities of the community, and has been a faithful supporter of the Church.

Rev. Scort Christy received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in 1995, with a major in Accounting, from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois.  In 1998, he achieved a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, with a major in Business Administration and a minor in Human Resources, from North Park University, Chicago, Illinois.  In 2017, he was conferred a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.  While still studying at Garrett Seminary, he worked at Elmwood Park church from 2015 to 2017.

He has worked in the corporate world as an IT (Information Technology) Project Manager and as a Financial Analyst. He is a technical professional with a laudable record of accomplishments in leading projects supporting financial and IT business goals. He has copious experience in implementing, upgrading, and maintaining applications on PeopleSoft financials and on Oracle financials. He has expertise in coordinating the execution of system enhancements, maintenance, updates, and upgrades. His leadership skills and effective communication skills have been instrumental in building and guiding many top-performing teams. He has successfully defined and evaluated financial systems during mergers, to ensure the selection of appropriate systems. He has prolifically worked with portfolio managers to create budgets and financial reports.

Our present Pastor, Rev. Scort Christy, was appointed the Senior Pastor at Emmanuel United Methodist Church (EUMC) in Evanston, Illinois, in 2017. Being a polyglot (someone who uses several languages), he leads worship services in three languages: Hindi, Gujarati, and English. Under his diligent and nurturing leadership, the Emmanuel congregation continues to be shepherded to grow and to flourish.

When not immersed in his ministry work, he engages in his many hobbies and particularly enjoys spending time with family, traveling, camping, playing sports (basketball, football, and, of course, Cricket), and working on home-improvement projects.

He can be reached at:        pastorscort@gmail.com

Who we are …

Emmanuel Evanston United Methodist Church is located in the scenic neighborhood of the city of Evanston, IL USA.

The Emmanuel congregation traces its origin to the 1870s in the Scandinavian Districts of the Central Illinois Conference. The Asian ministry began in 1977 under the leadership of Rev. Dr. John Rathod, who started the Gujarati language services. He was joined by the Hindi language fellowship in 1978, under the direction of Rev. Isaac Cornelius.

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Our Mission

Emmanuel United Methodist Church members and friends recognize our many cultures and see ourselves as connected in ministry to the whole world. We reach out to the diverse immigrant Indian community in Evanston and the greater Chicago Metropolitan area as one, the body expressed through many cultures. We are united to offer the gospel to all who will hear it, proclaiming the life of Jesus Christ. Together, we commit ourselves and encourage each other to share our lives and show our care for the Church and the community, with our gifts of time, money, and love both online and in person.

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Roll of Pastors at Emmanuel Evanston

Rev. Scort Christy (2017 – Present) 

Rev. Timothy Rathod (1997 – 2017)

Rev. Dr. John Rathod (1976 – 1997)