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Dwayne L. Grant, Pastor

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Rev. Dwayne L. Grant was born and raised on the South and West sides of Chicago, Illinois.


He has spent nearly three decades serving in the areas of Music, Worship, and Lay Ministries in The United Methodist Church.


Because of the prayers and guidance of two grandmothers, Nettie Pearl Bowers and Min. PriscillaWilliams, he accepted Christ at age 12 and joined Gorham UMC; where he quickly became the musician for their Inspirational Choir. Meanwhile Grandma Min. Priscilla, on the Sundays she had him, would take Dwayne to worship at Robert’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. thereby creating the paradoxically complex worshipper he is today.


While attending Kenwood Academy High School, he studied and was mentored by the legendary Rev. Dr. Lena McLin.  Upon graduation he received a full scholarship to Vandercook College of Music.


Rev. Grant has been musician and/or Minister of Music for Southlawn UMC, First Wesley Academy UMC, St. Mark UMC, Gorham UMC, Hartzell UMC and more. He has been Music Director for the Maceo D. Pembroke Institute @Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary for over 15 years.

Rev. Grant’s musical gifts have taken him all over the United States, England, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.


Rev. Dwayne L. Grant was born and raised on the South and West sides of Chicago, Illinois. He has spent nearly three decades serving in the areas of Music, Worship, and Lay Ministries in The United Methodist Church.

Because of the prayers and guidance of two grandmothers, Nettie Pearl Bowers and Min. Priscilla Williams, he accepted Christ at age 12 and joined Gorham UMC; where he quickly became the musician for their Inspirational Choir. Meanwhile Grandma Min. Priscilla, on the Sundays she had him, would take Dwayne to worship at Robert’s Temple C.O.G.I.C. thereby creating the paradoxically complex worshipper he is today.


While attending Kenwood Academy High School, he studied and was mentored by the legendaryRev. Dr. Lena McLin.  Upon graduation he received a full scholarship to Vandercook College of Music.


Rev. Grant has been musician and/or Minister of Music for Southlawn UMC, First Wesley Academy UMC, St. Mark UMC, Gorham UMC, Hartzell UMC and more. He has been Music Director for the Maceo D. Pembroke Institute @Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary for over 15 years.


Rev. Grant’s musical gifts have taken him all over the United States, England, France, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

Rev. Grant’s is the proud leader of Chicago Black Methodists For Church Renewal’s Youth & Young Adult Initiative, which has launched annual Christian Cafés, Lock-Ins, retreats and other activities to engage, empower the youth and young adults of the Northern Illinois Conference.

Rev. Grant’s deep passion for social justice has led him to become involved in various prayer vigils and rallies with S.W.O.P. & S.O.U.L., the Westside Ministers Coalition and Blackstar Project. Rev. Grant has traveled to Springfield to advocate in regards to issues concerning healthcare, public safety, education reform, & immigration rights.


In 2005 Rev. Grant answered the call of the Lord, left his job with the Chicago Public Schools, and in September 2007 became the newly licensed and appointed Pastor of Resurrection United Methodist Church. During this time at Resurrection he started a contemporary Saturday night worship service that hundreds of young people of all races, creeds and sexual orientations attended called SNL@THA REZ. And now, as of July 1 2012, he has been appointed and commissioned to plant a new church in Hillside/Bellwood IL. A ridiculously amazing church XPERIENCE is born.


Dwayne is married to his wife of 27 yrs, Linda, and is Father to 6 girls Crystal, Angel, Diana, Brenda and the twins Tameika & Shameika.

“Bring a blessing to the block
A Cross to the corner, and
Salvation to the Streets.”-Dwayne L. Grant

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