Our Story

How it all started...

  Our church was organized on June 23, 1901.  It began in a two room school house on First Street.  By December 1901 a new frame church building was constructed at the corner of Main and South Sixth Street.  It cost $3,000, and consisted of two large rooms that could seat 300 people.  Five months later the church was free of debt.   Then in January 1902, a bell was bought; this bell now sits in front of our present church.  In January 1907 the church joined the new Illinois State Baptist Association.
     Electric lights, costing $20 replaced gas lights in 1913.  The first piano was added to the church in 1915. 
        The present day parsonage property was a gift to the church in 1938.  The present day parsonage building was then constructed in 1955.  A building fund was begun in about 1957 for the purpose of constructing a new church building.  The property was bought for this new church site in September 1963.  On May 16, 1965 the first service was held in this new building which is our present day church building.  The church membership continued to increase and an educational building was added and dedicated on October 31, 1976. 

Expanding the vision...

Presently we are building on the faith and dedication of those gone on before us. We strive to maintain not only the current building and property, but the core values and spiritual principals that makes us a New Testament Church. We believe that God has placed us in this community to make a difference. We do this through worship, preaching, discipleship, outreach, ministry, and missions.

Where we are headed...

Under the hard work, dedication, and faithful leadership of our pastor and other church leaders we desire to be a people who relate to our current generation maintaining a balance of connectivity to those of older generations. We may not be a perfect church, but we realize we serve a perfect God. We will be diligent in following His call to make disciple of every tribe and nation (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). 

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together
 9:30 am for Sunday School and 10:40 am for Worship.
Sunday Evening 6 pm (all ages)
Wednesday 5:30 - 7 pm Junior High Group
7 - 8:30 pm  High School Group
Adult Service Wednesday 6 pm
College Night Thursday 5:30 pm