History

History

Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church began in the mid-1990’s, when Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton organized a Sunday evening Bible study in Batavia with the goal of establishing a Reformed Presbyterian congregation in the growing Fox Valley area.  

In the spring of 1997 the group adopted the name Covenant of Grace and began holding Sunday morning worship services in North Aurora.  The new mission church began a search for a full-time pastor, which resulted in a call being extended to Pastor Jim Megchelsen.  In the fall of 1997, Pastor Megchelsen and his family moved to the Fox Valley from San Diego. 

God continued to steadily grow and expand the ministry of Covenant of Grace.  The church matured to the point of no longer needing the support and oversight of Bethel in Wheaton.  In the fall of 2001, the Covenant of Grace elected its first elders and deacons and was organized as particular congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  

God continued to work in and through the congregation.  In 2004 Covenant of Grace began meeting in the Batavia Park District building in order to have a larger facility for worship and eventually moved the John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.

In 2017, Covenant of Grace was able to purchase the old St. Gall church building in downtown Elburn as a permanent place to worship and serve.  The church moved into its new home that fall.  In conjunction with the move to new location, the church changed its name to simply, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church.     

We are very thankful for all that God has done for us over the years and how He has directed us to where we are today.  We look forward to what He has planned for our future.  

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