Hope Community Church is launched in the Warrenville building as a new church plant formed from the congregation of the Wellspring Warrenville campus. Pastor Steve Hands continues as their senior pastor.
As the congregations of Living Water, Blanchard, and Warrenville came together, Wellspring Alliance Church was formed, we were able to commemorate the past, present, and future of each church and acknowledging God’s faithfulness to Blanchard for 50 years, Warrenville for 10 years, and Living Water for 5 years. The newly-formed church recognized that God was starting a new work in the combined congregations.
After the merge task force met for several months, a vote across the congregations of Living Water and Blanchard was made. The vote was unanimous to merge the two churches. Living Water moved to Blanchard’s Wheaton campus and Mitch Kim became Senior pastor of the combined church.
After initial conversations and prayer between the leadership teams of Living Water and Blanchard, a merge task force was commissioned to explore and discern if the two churches might be better together to reach the diversity of our area.
Living Water Alliance Church moved to Grace Church of DuPage after reaching capacity at DePaul. On Ash Wednesday, Living Water and Blanchard Alliance & Warrenville held the first joint worship service between the two congregations. Blanchard Alliance Chruch’s pastor Ron Mangin resigned. Their Governing Board maintained the church and began to consider a merger with Living Water Alliance Church.
Living Water Alliance Church worship moved to DePaul University’s Naperville campus because of parking limitations at West Alliance Church. The first service in the new location overflowed with 182 people.
Living Water Alliance Church, Blanchard Alliance Church & Warrenville campus joined together for the first time, for a Wednesday prayer service.
Blanchard Alliance Church’s pastor John Casey resigned after 32 years of ministry. Ron Mangin became Senior Pastor. The first Kid’s Camp was held, partnering with other churches to serve under-resourced children from Lincoln school. Volunteers helped with chapel, reading & math skills, field trips, recreation, and meal preparation.
Living Water Alliance Church launched their first home group, which soon multiplied to become six groups meeting in different locations.
Living Water Alliance Church celebrated their first baptisms with two people from unchurched backgrounds being baptized.
After many 40-day prayer seasons, Living Water Alliance Church is commissioned by West Alliance Church as a daughter church to reach more effectively those between cultures in our area. Living Water’s mission statement: Clearing the way for Living Water: Connecting people into God’s family, Loving them to wholeness, Empowering them for ministry, and Reproducing families to do the same.
2008 – 2009
Blanchard Alliance Church starts the Lincoln School tutoring program building relationships with local students while helping with their studies. Short term mission teams traveled to serve in China, Spain, Ukraine, Cambodia, and El Salvador.
Blanchard Road Alliance Church changes name to Blanchard Alliance Church. Campaign launched to remodel Warrenville property.
Blanchard Road Alliance Church rented the Warrenville Community Center as a second campus. The first worship service at the Warrenville campus was held on Palm Sunday.
Blanchard Road Alliance Church elders launched a post-service prayer ministry, forming teams of people to pray for any who come in need. A new mission statement is adopted: Being with God, Obeying God’s instructions, Living in unity, Serving as gifted, Healing our world, and Going as sent ones.
Blanchard Road Alliance Church begins research for starting a new church locally. The Gallery, a Saturday evening worship service began at Blanchard.
West Alliance Church ordains Mitch Kim as English ministry pastor, overseeing both youth and adults, under Rev. Hyunbae Cho.
Blanchard Road Alliance Church launched the Stephen Ministry program. Over 1,000 people attend the first off-site all church service.
Korean West Alliance Church moved to Butterfield Road property in Warrenville and officially changed their name to West Alliance Church.
Blanchard Road Alliance Church holds their first worship service in the new Blanchard sanctuary and has an overflow attendance of 583 people.
Korean West Alliance Church begins separate worship services in English for youth and intermarried couples.
John P. Casey begins his 32 years of ministry as Senior Pastor of Blanchard Road Alliance Church.
Sanctuary of Blanchard Road building in Wheaton is completed. Wheaton Alliance Church name is officially changed to Blanchard Road Alliance Church.
Korean West Alliance Church was founded by Rev. Il Sik Choe in the basement of Lombard Bible Church and became a safe haven for people in between cultures — Korean immigrants, their children, and intermarried couples.
Ron Gifford became Wheaton Alliance Church’s third pastor, and served for nine years.
Wheaton Alliance Chruch purchased Blanchard Road property for $55,000 but hasn’t yet officially changed names.
A group of six begins to pray about starting a C&MA church in Wheaton. Wheaton Alliance Church is organized a year later meeting at the Masonic Temple and Nick Berkich accepts the call as first pastor.