Presbyterian families living in Elk Grove Village were contacted by the Chicago Presbytery regarding the formation of a Presbyterian Church. They were invited to meet with representatives of the Department of New Church Development of the Chicago Presbytery, Rev. S. Charles Shangler and Mr. Eugene Huff.
The first meeting was held at the Ridge Elementary school in the early spring of 1963. At this meeting, and the subsequent ones to follow, we were given to self-expression of each family represented. The pronounced faith and the enthusiasm expressed in these meetings gave Rev. Shangler and his committee an opportunity to evaluate the depth of our commitment. These meetings were most refreshing.
Some of our early organizational meetings were held in the Community Center which was a rehabilitated building commonly referred to as “The Barn” and was located approximately 200 yards north of our present site. Little did we know at that time that our church would be so close to this initial meeting place.
We held our first morning church service on Palm Sunday, 1963, at Grove Junior High School. Prior to that, several evening services were held at Grove Junior High School.
After several years of diligent study and work, the congregation employed the firm of Sunshine, Jaeger & Kupritz to design and eventually construct our edifice. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Sunday, November 22, 1970. The laying of the cornerstone took place on Sunday, October 17, 1971.
The first service in our new building was held on Sunday, November 28, 1971. We were officially organized as a church on Sunday December 8, 1963 with 65 members.
Our Elk Grove Presbyterian Church family celebrated 40 years of praise and worship with an anniversary service and brunch on Sunday, October 19, 2003.