We believe that in Jesus Christ the love, mercy, and grace of God are made known to us and to all people.
Dignity & respect of all people
We believe in respecting others and providing an atmosphere that gives dignity to all we serve (James 2: 1-9).
We believe the importance to reveal and show the hope that holistic care brings in all aspects of life.
We believe that the resources at our disposal are not our own. Therefore, we live as faithful stewards of all our material resources, time, energy, and talents.
Unity & collaboration
We believe it is imperative to work with our neighbors and fellow workers in the community to most efficiently and effectively meet the needs of the community.
We believe in establishing relationship with our patients, fellow volunteers, and all others involved in CCCHC to promote unity and growth among one another.
We believe excellence honors God and therefore strive for it in everything we undertake. Our purpose, vision, ministries, and decisions are nurtured in prayer, seeking the direction and wisdom of the Lord.
The initial idea to have a Christian health center in Champaign County came about at a Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Conference in Pasadena, California November 2002. Jeff Trask, Associate Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship in Champaign, Illinois, attended a workshop facilitated by Bruce Miller, Director of Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago, Illinois. After speaking with Bruce Miller and visiting Lawndale, Jeff Trask began developing the concept for Champaign County.
In January 2003, two attendees of New Covenant Fellowship, Wayne Mathews, a Physician Assistant, and Nita Skeels, a long-time CCDA supporter joined Mr. Trask in organizing an informational meeting open to anyone interested in May 2003. Eighteen people from various church, racial, and professional backgrounds attended this informational meeting just by word of mouth. Due to the overwhelming support and excitement, these meetings were held monthly and eventually became known as Advisory Council meetings - an open forum meeting with particular agenda items and tasks to be fulfilled.
In addition to the Advisory Council, a CORE (informally meaning "Christ, Our Reason for Everything) Team, established in July of 2003, began meeting to handle the "nuts and bolts" of operating this ministry. Shortly after forming the Core Team, the Champaign County Health Care Initiative (name at the time), received a grant of $10,000.00 to get started by the Christian Community Health Fellowship thanks to Core Team member, Cheryl Ramirez.
In August of 2003, the initiative developed the name, Champaign County Christian Health Center (CCCHC). The fall of 2003 consisted of community collaborations, incorporation a collection of in-kind contributions, monthly Advisory Council meetings, CORE Team meetings, and over eighty people attend and/or show interest in developing the CCCHC in areas involving Spiritual Care, Health Education, Research, Fundraising, Diversity, Medical care, Pharmaceuticals, Volunteering, and many other areas. In January 2004, CCCHC had its first Board of Directors meeting where the bylaws were ratified.
Champaign County Christian Health Center is a not for profit health center founded in 2003. Our mission is to show and share the love of Jesus Christ to our neighbors of Champaign County by providing holistic, free, and quality health care services.