New Beginnings Church

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Corey Brooks To Distribute 3,500 Turkeys Sunday

Woodlawn’s “rooftop pastor” is distributing 3,500 turkeys and the trimmings Sunday to needy Chicagoans, one month after thieves broke into his church and stole $8,000 from the collection box.

11/22/2014

Bruce Rauner and Rev. Corey Brooks discuss death threats Brooks allegedly received the day before someone broke into his church in Woodlawn. Brooks has endorsed Rauner in the race for governor, against Gov. Pat Quinn. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner, Brooks Stand Together After Church Burglary, Threats

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner came to the defense of one of his most prominent black supporters on Sunday; after Pastor Corey Brooks’ church was vandalized, and his life allegedly was threatened.

10/27/2014

Rev. Corey Brooks discusses his cross-country walk to raise money for a community center in Woodlawn. (Credit: CBS)

$8,000 Stolen From New Beginnings Church In Break-In

—One of Bruce Rauner’s biggest backers in the African American Community says he’s being threatened for supporting the Republican.

10/25/2014

Pallbearers carry Jonylah Watkins' casket into New Beginnings Church in Woodlawn, a week after she was killed when she was shot as she sat on her father's lap in a minivan. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Gather For Slain Baby’s Funeral

Loved ones of the 6-month-old girl who was shot and killed as she was in her father’s lap inside a minivan in the Woodlawn neighborhood were gathering at a local church Tuesday morning for her funeral.

03/19/2013

Rev. Corey Brooks has been camping out in a tent on a vacant lot at 66th Street and King Drive, to raise money for a $15 million community center he wants to build there. A year ago, Brooks began camping out on a vacant motel at that site, to raise the $450,000 he needed to buy the motel and tear it down. (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Camping Out Again To Raise Money For Community Center

He’s at it again. The pastor who received national attention for spending 94 long days on the roof of a shuttered South Side motel is spending some more time outside.

CBS 2–11/24/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Stepping Off On Cross-Country Trek To Raise Awareness On Gun Violence

The Rev. Corey Brooks is set to step off on his cross-country walk to raise gun violence awareness, and raise money to build a new community center on Chicago’s South Side.

CBS Chicago–06/05/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Who Camped Out On Roof Plans Anti-Violence Trek

A Chicago pastor who camped on the roof of an abandoned motel says lacing up his sneakers is part of a new plan to address gun violence.

04/22/2012

Demolition Begins At Motel Where Pastor Camped Out

Demolition crews are at work on the 6600 block of South King Drive, tearing down the old motel where a minister spent more than three months living in a tent on the roof.

CBS Chicago–03/27/2012

Rev. Corey Brooks (Credit: CBS)

Pastor Returns To Pulpit After 3-Month Stay On Motel Roof

A South Side pastor was back behind the pulpit Sunday, after living on top of a shuttered motel for nearly three months as part of his quest to build a new community center in the West Woodlawn neighborhood.

CBS 2–02/26/2012

Pastor Corey Brooks addresses an enthusiastic crowd Friday after he came down from the top of a shuttered motel that became a symbol of urban problems. (CBS)

Tyler Perry Gives $100,000 To Pastor On Shuttered Motel Roof

The Rev. Corey Brooks came down from the roof of a shuttered West Woodlawn neighborhood motel, after actor-director Tyler Perry said he would donate $98,000 so Brooks can buy the motel and replace it with a community center.

CBS Chicago–02/24/2012

Pastor Brooks On Rooftop

Pastor Camped Out On Roof Near Goal Of Buying Shuttered Motel

The pastor of a West Woodlawn neighborhood church thinks he might be able to get off the roof of the old motel where he’s been camping for three months. He’s raised nearly enough money buy the building, so he can replace it with a community center.

WBBM Newsradio–02/23/2012

Pastor Brooks On Rooftop

Pastor Camped Out On Rooftop Witnesses Crime In Progress

A South Side pastor has been camping out on the roof of a motel for the past three months to help stop violence in the community.

CBS Chicago–02/17/2012

Pastor Corey Brooks

Pastor To Come Down From Roof For Church’s Chicken Victim’s Funeral

The pastor of New Beginnings church on the 6600 block of South King Drive is coming down off the roof where he’s been living for more than six weeks.

CBS Chicago–01/05/2012

Pastor Corey Brooks

Pastor Camps Out On Roof Of Old Motel For Community Change

A South Side pastor is camping out on the roof of a motel he helped to close down over prostitution and drugs, in an effort to buy the building and use it to help the community change.

CBS Chicago–11/22/2011