A former conservative radio personality-turned-pastor is making progress opening a church in Oak Park.

As reported back in September, Cisco Cotto has been angling to “plant” a church in the village, after he lost his afternoon gig at WLS-AM 890 in July. Now, the fledgling church has a place to start worshipping, according to his blog, ciscocotto.wordpress.org.

Cotto reports that they’ll be renting space from the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave., on Sunday mornings.

“I’m amazed that we’re going to be able to start our church in such a wonderful spot,” he wrote last week. “And the staff and board of the 19th Century have been so kind and encouraging.”

They have a church-planting team of about 18 in place, and are shooting to launch in the spring. Plus a church in Indiana has agreed to sponsor the “Village Church” with at least $30,000 each of the next two years.

Cotto said last year that he’d been thinking about starting a church in Oak Park ever since he finished his Master of Divinity degree at the Moody Bible Institute in the spring of 2010. He took the firing at WLS as a sign that church leader was likely his next gig.

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