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Ministry and Serving

"Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’" (Matthew 25:34-40)

Emma's House Gary Indiana

We provide support, resources and a community of care along the entire continuum of a person’s need for recovery assistance. We teach people ways to manage mental health, maintain sobriety, and build community. We help each individual reclaim life as a person worthy of giving and receiving love.

Address: 1351 W 11th Ave. Gary, IN 46402

For more information or volunteer opportunities, please call (219)315-0553

Prison Ministry
Bible Study

Join us for a mid-week gathering of worship, Bible study and prayer led by Pastor Pirtle. It is held weekly, year-round in the sanctuary. You have a standing invitation for anyone and everyone to come.  We also have smaller bible study and fellowship groups at different times and days through the week.  These help us grow deeper in His Word and coming together as the body of Christ.

Wednesdays at the church @6:30p/ Online Zoom option available.

Sign up for small groups at the church or contact us. 

Emma's House

Emma’s Threat House offers a variety of housing options, all linked with vital supportive services, to women who are homeless. We are committed to offering the women we serve as many choices as possible to help them heal from the trauma of homelessness.

Address: 616 Maryland St. Gary, IN 46402

For more information or volunteer opportunities, please call (219) 939-7370

Liberty House Recovery Cafe
Prison Ministry

The purpose of Prison Ministry can be summed in two simple words: Changed Lives. The gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to reach the heart and mind even in the darkest of valleys, reaching those who desperately need Him.  "So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)

We have women's bible study and prayer through the Lake County Kimbrough Center and Lake County Jail Ministry.

Tuesdays 9am & Fridays 6:30pm 

For more information or volunteer opportunities, contact us


We are a Christian ministry fully devoted to impacting the lives of tens of thousands of people annually in the Northwest Indiana Region, through street witnessing each third Saturday. Our goal is to equip God's living people with the word of GOD so that they may fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Mid-day Prayer

The key purpose of CORCC Noonday service is to reach out to people who are outside the family of God. Every day, we rub shoulders with people who are just an invite away from a life-changing encounter with Christ. Invite your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to attend Noonday so they will hear and understand what it means to be a follower of Christ.

Thursdays at the church @ 12p-12:30p (every other week) / Online Zoom option available.

Mid-day Prayer
Art Class
KOZ- Kids Outdoor Zone

Kids Outdoor Zone provides men of CORCCNWI with the curriculum to mentor boys and teens (ages 8-18) using outdoor adventure.

Today, over 40% of the boys in our nation do not have a dad living at home.  The lack of this male role model has created a dramatic increase in drug use, school drop-outs, pregnancy, and more.  Also, the average kid spends 40 minutes a week outside and 70 hours in front of a screen!  This trend is creating an unhealthy mental, physical, and spiritual population among our boys today.  It is at catastrophic levels.  However, every socioeconomic, health, and mental statistic improves substantially when a boy receives a mentor. 

Boys are drawn in by outdoor adventure and training by an adult man.  Every boy is truly "Wild at Heart."  This internal longing fits perfectly with the KOZ program.  The KOZ leaders ability to share the love of Jesus and a Heavenly Father changes the boys.  In an outdoor setting boys are more attentive and can focus on the time with their KOZ leader and the gift of knowing Jesus.

KOZ meets every 2nd Saturday of the month@ 8am-12pm, here at City of Refuge Church!  

City of Refuge Christian Academy

City of Refuge Christian Academy opened September 2021. We offer virtual classes held through Zoom video communications, when social distancing is required.  We are a licensed faculty passionate about Christian education. We have small class sizes, affordable tuition, with a clean and safe environment.

Hours of operation: Monday- Friday 8a-3p

Curriculum: Abeka (Syllabus' used by Christian schools worldwide)  Evangelizing and Mentoring

For enrollment or more information, please contact Mrs. L. Pirtle, M.S.Ed. (219)841-9218

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