Our History

    Home / About Us / Our History In the spring of 1993, a group of Christians began exploring the idea of starting a new church in central DuPage Country. This group, primarily from Wheaton, Illinois, believed that many people in the Wheaton area were unchurched and would not feel comfortable in existing Wheaton churches. Believing that God was leading them, they started a new church calling it Community Fellowship. The basic concepts were:

    1. The church would be “seeker sensitive.”
    2. The church would be “believer driven.”
    3. The church would be "elder governed."

    Our first worship service was held on May 16, 1993 at the Glen Ellyn Park District building with 105 people attending. Various guest speakers ministered to the church throughout the summer and fall of 1993. The first group of elders was appointed in August, and Bill Crawford was called as our first pastor, December 2, 1993. By that time the church had outgrown the Glen Ellyn building and so moved to Wheaton Academy, a private Christian high school.

    In September 1996, the church moved again to Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois. By the spring of 1997, it had become increasingly clear that a permanent facility should be considered. A building campaign was introduced that spring with the purpose of financing property for a future church home. In November, 1.5 million dollars was pledged. In August of 1998, approximately twenty-two acres of prime property was purchased from the Sidwell Map Company. The property is located in West Chicago on North Avenue, the second busiest state highway in DuPage County, but with easy access.

    In February of 2001, a second building campaign was begun and plans for a new church were formalized. Construction began September 9, 2002, and the building was completed in December 2003. The formal dedication was held on December 19th and the first public worship service on December 21, 2003. Over 1,000 people attended the dedication.
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