By Ken Trainor
Conservative talk radio personality Cisco Cotto has always had a religious side, as he indicated in our profile from January of 2010. So it's no surprise to hear that after losing his radio show with WLS, he is planning to "plant" a church, here in his hometown of Oak Park.
Here's part of his pitch from his website, ciscocotto.wordpress.com: "Many of you know about my years of study at Moody. I felt strongly that God led me there for something specific (other than meeting my wife, though that was cool). Over many years God has been increasing my love of Oak Park and its people. The community is intelligent and engaged. People here care about their fellow man in a way that's not seen in many places. Over time my love of Oak Park and burden for those in the community have grown deeper and have intertwined.
"It became clear about a year ago that God was calling me to plant a church in Oak Park to specifically build relationships with the 40,000 people in this village who are completely irreligious. I started working with the church-planting team at the Evangelical Free Church and last week, after an exhaustive assessment process, their team affirmed my call to plant a church in Oak Park. So the quest to launch and build Village Church of Oak Park begins.
"I have no illusions that it will be easy or without setbacks. Ministry is tough. There are times when I am overwhelmed with excitement at what God is going to do in this community. Other times I am nearly crippled by a sense of how utterly incapable I am to do this. The fact is, I am incapable. But God can get it done."
We're not sure about that 40,000 "completely irreligious" figure, but we wish him luck. On his website, he asked supporters for two things necessary to get a church started: prayer and "cash." See the website for details.