“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Monte’ L. G. Dillard, Sr. is a man who was seemingly born with odds opposite his favor. Born to teenage parents, it appeared that nothing good could come out of this very complex situation. However, what appeared to be a victory for our adversary was in essence an opportunity for God to do something that was so great that only He could get the glory for.
Pastor Dillard was born and raised in Gary, Indiana and faithfully served First Church of God Gary for many years as a Young Adult Pastor/Young Adult Sunday School Teacher, Worship Leader, First Church’s Board of Christian Education and in all other needed capacities. He diligently served the Senior Pastor, the late Rev. Dr. Robert McClure, Jr., shouldering his burden when necessary and praying for him without cease.
Prior to full-time ministry, Pastor Dillard was employed for more than 10 years with First Midwest Bank, 8 of which he spent in secondary management as Teller Manager. Managing his team, meeting sales goals, coaching & ensuring regulatory compliance were just some of his many responsibilities, none of which were more important than his primary responsibility which was vault control. He was responsible for the overseeing, counting, distributing and balancing of hundreds of thousands of dollars on a daily basis.
On November 14, 2010, he was called to the Senior Pastorate of First Church of God Christian Life Center, Evanston, Illinois. Though Pastor Dillard is often called out in many different settings as an Evangelist, Pastoring God's people remains his passion and top ministry priority.
His primary focus is his family. He and his wife Tina are the blessed parents of three daughters, Nia Monét, Kennedi Leigh, Morgan McKenna and one son, Monté L. Dillard, Jr. Believing Malachi 2:15 which says, “And did He make one…wherefore one? That he might seek a Godly Seed.” Pastor Dillard’s strong belief that the church is only as strong as the family makes maintaining a Godly home his first ministry.