We are Oak Lawn Nazarene
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Sunday School  9:30AM          Worship  10:30AM
6343 W 90th Place   Oak Lawn, IL   60453

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About Us

Our Mission

The mission of Oak Lawn First Church of the Nazarene is to do our best to connect as many people as we can to Christ, His Church, and each other.

We seek to bring glory to God by living lives surrendered to Him, loving others as He loves us, and equipping each other to make disciples throughout the world.

Our Staff

Pastor Gary Aills, Senior Pastor

Pastor Gary Aills came to Oak Lawn First as the Senior Pastor in 2000.  Pastor Gary has Pastoral Ministries degree from Hobe Sound Bible College and continues to work on his Masters through Olivet Nazarene University.  Pastor Gary has 32 years of pastoral experience in Ohio and Kentucky, as well as Illinois. Pastor Gary enjoys fishing, boating, playing the guitar, watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, and spending time with his wonderful, fabulous wife Lynda and two sons, Nathan and Nicholas.

Pastor Jeff Grindle, Associate Pastor

Pastor Jeff is our Associate Pastor as well as our IT and media guy. He also acts as chaplain for Oak Lawn Day Nursery/Early Childhood Academy. Originally from Massachusetts, he entered the United States Navy after high school. During the sixteen years he spent in the Navy, Jeff began to study for the ministry, earning a Bachelor of Theology degree from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia. He has ministered at three churches in Louisiana, Kansas, and Illinois. Jeff and his wife, Susanne, have five children and two grandchildren.


Lynda Aills, OLDN Director

Lynda has been the Director of OLDN here at Oak Lawn First since 2000. She has a B.S. degree in Education with proficiencies in English, Literature, and Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Education. Lynda has served many years as a High School English teacher in public schools in Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. She has also enjoyed teaching at Olivet Nazarene University for the past eight years and was presented with the Snowbarger Excellence in Teaching Award during the 2009 Graduation Ceremonies at Olivet. Lynda is married to Pastor Gary Aills and they have two children, Nathan and Nicholas.

Mary Tlapa, Administrative Assistant

Mary has been a member of Oak Lawn First since 1989 and has been the administrative assistant for both the church and the daycare since 2008. Mary holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Management from Trinity Christian College.  Mary and her husband, Russell, have three children.

Debbie Buckingham, Sunday School Superintendent

Debbie Buckingham is the current Sunday School Superintendent and is the contact person for Christian Education at Oak Lawn First. Debbie works with a team of well-trained staff to provide fun, excited learning environments for all ages, including Children’s Church.











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Jan 31, 2016
God’s Word for Pit Dwellers
Series: general
"God's Word for Pit Dwellers - 01312016" from 2016 Messages. Released: 0. Track 1.
  • Jan 31, 2016God’s Word for Pit Dwellers
    Jan 31, 2016
    God’s Word for Pit Dwellers
    Series: general
    "God's Word for Pit Dwellers - 01312016" from 2016 Messages. Released: 0. Track 1.
  • Jan 17, 2016Breakthrough Prayer
    Jan 17, 2016
    Breakthrough Prayer
    Series: general
    "Breakthrough Prayer" from Messages 2016. Genre: Other.
  • Jan 3, 2016What’s New About The New Year?
    Jan 3, 2016
    What’s New About The New Year?
    Series: general
  • Dec 27, 2015The Night of Miracles
    Dec 27, 2015
    The Night of Miracles
    Series: general
  • Dec 6, 2015Christmas Celebration
    Dec 6, 2015
    Christmas Celebration
    Series: general
  • Nov 29, 2015Christmastime is for Everyone
    Nov 29, 2015
    Christmastime is for Everyone
    Series: general
  • Nov 15, 2015Get Up & Go Sunday AM
    Nov 15, 2015
    Get Up & Go Sunday AM
    Series: Get Up & Go
  • Nov 13, 2015Get Up & Go Conf. Friday
    Nov 13, 2015
    Get Up & Go Conf. Friday
    Series: Get Up & Go
  • Nov 8, 2015The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer
    Nov 8, 2015
    The Mystery of Unanswered Prayer
    Series: general
  • Nov 1, 2015The Significance of Prayer
    Nov 1, 2015
    The Significance of Prayer
    Series: general


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                      Oak Lawn First Church of the Nazarene      6343 W. 90th Place      Oak Lawn, IL 60453      (708) 599-5559