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Welcome to Sherman United Methodist Church! 


ALL of God’s children are welcome to come, join us and find a safe place to worship and discover self-actualization—to come face-to-face with who we are, and our purpose in life.


For the past 100 years, Sherman United Methodist Church has served the Evanston and North Shore community, including neighboring institutions of higher learning, such as Northwestern University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. We also partner with Interfaith Action of Evanston and the Shorefront Legacy Center.  


Sherman UMC was founded in 1922 by Mrs. Lula B. Sherman, an African-American woman and resident Evanston, Illinois—and ourchurch building is a historic landmark. We are proud of our heritage as the only historically African-American United Methodist congregation on the North Shore and the only congregation founded by a woman. 


We are at the crossroad where heritage and history meet progress and possibility. As a community, we are not only proud of our heritage, but look forward to a future defined by “unity in diversity.” 


Our doors are open to one and all!


Rev. Dr. Aaron McLeod became pastor to Evanston’s Sherman United Methodist Church in July 2023. He finds profound joy in the pastoral vocation and the responsibilities to lead worship, preach the Gospel, teach the Bible and provide pastoral care to God’s people. 

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The history of Sherman Methodist’s fellowship in Evanston Township, IL traces its roots back to a small group meeting in the home of Mrs. Lula B. Sherman in 1922 and has continued through the decades as an ongoing community existing in several locations before coming to rest on the corner of Ridge and Noyes in 2002.

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