Roy and Joanne Schwarcz
Roy Schwarcz was born and raised in New York. His mother had emigrated from Berlin, due to the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis. At the age of thirteen he received his Bar Mitzvah in the Orthodox tradition.
While traveling across the country in the summer of 1971, Mr. Schwarcz came to faith through the testimony and witness of Gentile Christians who had a deep love for Israel and the Jewish people. It was through their love and prayers that he came to receive Jesus as his Messiah.
Roy has been involved in Jewish ministries since 1975. He has worked on the college campus, led home Bible studies, and oversaw the planting of three Messianic Congregations with Chosen People Ministries - one in Toronto and two in the Chicago area.
Currently Roy leads weekly Bible studies targeting the Chicago business community, which includes three different studies in the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago's Loop. These studies have led to both Jews and Gentiles coming to faith in Jesus. Roy oversees the Midwest Region based in Chicago and is seeking to begin a fourth Messianic Congregation in Chicago. There is currently no regular Jewish ministry to the Jewish people in the City of Chicago.
Each year Roy leads a trip to Israel helping Christians understand the Land, the People and the Bible. These trips help Christians understand the Jewish roots of their faith and how it applies to their walk as Believers in the faith of Abraham.
Roy graduated from Moody Bible Institute where he received his diploma in Jewish Studies. He was ordained through the Olive Tree Congregation, the first church he planted with Chosen People Ministries which is now located now in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
Roy is married to Joanne, and they have four grown daughters.
Roy has authored the book Where Jesus Walked, which examines over 50 portions of the life of Christ demonstrating how the Old Testament prophets foretold events in the life of Israel Messiah and how they were fulfilled in the New Testament. Each portion is considered from a Jewish perspective, giving insights that help in understanding the context of the Gospels and giving greater appreciation for the Jewish roots of our faith in Jesus. He has also served as Pastor of Evangelism at Moody Church in Chicago.
In his pulpit ministry Roy brings biblical exposition in its Jewish Context. The theme in his teaching is the Jewishness of Christianity and God's plan of reconciliation for all men to God and to one another. This is taught through studies of the Jewish Holy Days and messages that bring together both Old and New Testaments demonstrating God's grace from age to age.