THE VILLAGE CHURCH | WESTERN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH

A MESSAGE FROM

OUR PASTOR

Welcome!

We are delighted to welcome you to worship with us this week. I trust that you will sense the love of Christ here and that you will join us again.  Our mission is “To Discover Christ and Display His Transforming Power.”  We know that in this endeavor we will always be growing. There is so much to know and experience about Jesus.  We are finding that this quest to know Christ is very fulfilling and we would like to invite you to join us.  

If you have further questions about our church or about spiritual matters, please give us a call. I would love to get to know you personally and hear what God is doing in your life.

It is our prayer that you may have been strengthened and encouraged by your visit with us. May God bless you and may you experience the great hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Pastor Dean Monkemeier 

 


What We Believe

What We Value

“To Discover Christ and Display His Transforming Power.” 


THE VILLAGE CHURCH | WESTERN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH

OUR PASTORS

Dean Monkemeier

SENIOR PASTOR

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Steve Wolf​​​​​​​

WORSHIP PASTOR

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Ben Cole​​​​​​​

YOUTH PASTOR

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Joel Sisson

FAMILY PASTOR

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WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE.

COME VISIT, OR GIVE US A CALL! WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU.


THE VILLAGE CHURCH | WESTERN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH

OUR HISTORY

Our church was founded in 1912 by several resident families. Initially it was a store front meeting place for Sunday morning worship and Sunday School. When the church was two years old, the congregation voted not to join an association, but rather to remain an unaffiliated Baptist church, which it is to this day. In 1927 a basement sanctuary was built.

In 1943 Billy Graham, a recent graduate of Wheaton College, became pastor of the 100 member church. During his 21 months of ministry, "Songs In The Night," a well-known Sunday evening radio vesper service, began broadcasting from the church.

Lloyd Fesmire pastored the church from 1945 to 1965. He continued the radio ministry of "Songs In The Night." During this time, the church's commitment to missions grew. In 1947 an above-ground sanctuary was built. Space for Sunday School, library, offices, and nursery was added in 1954.

Art Brown pastored the church from 1967 until he retired in 1989. His pastorate brought an increased missions emphasis, particularly through outreach to inner city Chicago. Pastor Brown's ministry also strengthened a love and tolerance for other Christians resulting in the current diversity of denominational backgrounds within our congregation. In 1975 a community room/recreational facility was constructed.

Dick Norwood pastored the church from 1989 to 1993. Under his pastorate, an informal contemporary Sunday evening service evolved and a small-group intensive Bible study program began.

John Beukema pastored the church from 1996 to 2005. In 2001 the congregation moved from its current site to accommodate a major facility upgrade. The church returned to the new facility in January 2003 and experienced significant growth. Under Pastor Beukema's leadership, our governing structure was redesigned and our church constitution rewritten. This new structure was approved by the congregation in February, 2006.

Our present Pastor, Dean Monkemeier, has served the church since June 2007. 

  • Established in 1912.
  • 1927- Basement sanctuary was built.
  • 1943- Billy Graham became Pastor,
  • 1947-1965- Lloyd Fesmire pastored the church.
  • 1947- Built new above-ground sanctuary.
  • 1954- Space for Sunday School, library, offices, and nursery was added.
  • 1967-1989- Art Brown pastored the church.
  • 1975- A community room/recreational facility was constructed.
  • 1989 to 1993- Dick Norwood pastored the church.
  • 1996 to 2005- John Beukema pastored the church.
  • 2001-  Church underwent a major facility renovation
  • 2003- The church returned to the new facility and experienced significant growth.
  • 2007-Present- Dean Monkemeier serves as Sr. Pastor.

Billy Graham

In 1943 Billy Graham, a recent graduate of Wheaton College, became pastor of the 100 member church. During his 21 months of ministry, "Songs In The Night," a well-known Sunday evening radio vesper service, began broadcasting from the church.

"My home is in Heaven. I'm just traveling through this world." ~ Billy Graham, Former Pastor of the Village Church | Western Springs Baptist Church.