Along with the historic Christian Church our beliefs are beautifully summarized in the Apostle’s Creed. The creed begins with a simple affirmation of belief in God: I believe in God. The following three sections describe the three persons of this one God.
God the Father
the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
The first person of the Trinity is the one Jesus revealed to us as “the Father.” God is not some remote, unknowable spiritual entity. Rather God is our loving, powerful heavenly Father.
Against all other ideologies about the beginning of the world, we profess that God created heaven and earth and all that is in them. This profession affirms the goodness of creation and endows it with meaning and purpose.
Further, all that is good and beautiful points to a Creator God. Thus all humans can know something about God through what creation reveals.
God the Son
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
We affirm that Jesus of Nazareth, though born of a woman, was more than a human being; he was actually God’s Son and thus also God himself.
As the Christ, Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies about a Messiah who would redeem God’s people. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus are grounded in historical fact.
After his earthly work of redemption was finished, Jesus took his place in heaven as Lord of all things. He will come again to make all things new.
God the Holy Spirit
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places
When Jesus ascended bodily to heaven, he promised his disciples a comforter, a source of power; one that would “lead them into all truth.” This gift was the Holy Spirit. Ever since then, the Holy Spirit has dwelled in and empowered God’s people.
The Holy Spirit is the presence and power of God with us here and now, leading the church, uniting God’s people, applying God’s forgiveness to our broken lives, speaking to us, and spurring us individually and communally to godly living.
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church's journey began in the 1920s on the losing end of a poker game...
For reasons hard to understand, when the husband of our church's founder, Katherine Tessman, wagered her in a poker game and lost, she honored the bet. She left the husband who gambled her away and married the one who claimed his prize.
Only God could redeem something this messed up. And he did. Somewhere amid the rough, horrid waters of this leg of their journey, Katherine and Albert Tessman gave their lives to Christ and committed to sharing the story of love and grace and redemption that they had experienced.
Out of their small home in Bellwood, Illinois, Katherine Tessman followed the calling God placed in her heart, hung a sign on their door that read "Bellwood Gospel Tabernacle," and opened a Sunday School for the children in their neighborhood. The kids came in droves.
In 1924, Rev. Katherine Tessman was designated the first missionary to Bellwood by the Epiphany Baptist Church, and the little church was renamed "The Light of the World Rescue Mission." Sunday School attendance soon reached 100, straining the capacity of the little church/home. The ministry included a weekly worship service, Sunday School, welfare work during Depression days, and visits to the jails of Melrose Park, Maywood, Elmhurst, and Bellwood.
This ministry continued for 20 years. After Albert Tessman's death in 1944, Katherine, in an effort to ensure that the work would continue after her death, asked the Classical Home Mission Board of the Christian Reformed Church to take over the work.
This relationship with the Christian Reformed denomination deepened the church's foundational understanding of the Bible as the inspired word of God. It also tapped into the denomination's strong Dutch heritage, its deep roots in the Reformation, its commitment to missions, and its belief that all members are called to live 24/7 lives that reflect their faith.
Through the years, the church continued to grow. In the 1960s, when that growth brought a need for more space, a large parcel of land in a new Elmhurst neighborhood provided that space. Once the church was established in its new home in Elmhurst, God impressed upon the congregation's heart the importance of reaching out to its neighbors through the development of two significant ministries that would forever change the face and future of Elmhurst CRC: Little Lambs and Coffee Break.
Under the direction of then Senior Pastor Bert DeJong, who was called to serve Elmhurst CRC in the early 1980s, the church experienced the impact of continued expansion in membership and programs. By the turn of the 20th century, it became obvious that the congregation would again face the challenge of ministering effectively within the constraints of a facility that could no longer provide adequate space for its existing members, much less new opportunities for ministry.
Today, Elmhurst CRC opens its arms and doors to a much broader congregation from its highly visible and welcoming location facing Roosevelt Road. It's another new stop on its journey and one that links the church's past to its present and future.
Our Vision: To be God's Source of Shining Light and Living Water in the western suburbs, by Drawing People to Know Jesus, Becoming Like Jesus, and Serving as Jesus.
We’ve identified five activities by which we carry out our vision. These are more than simply things we think we should do; they reflect the core values of our faith community.
These are more than simply things we think we should do; they reflect the core values of our faith community–they’re what make us Elmhurst CRC. They guide our church as we connect to Jesus and to each other as we advance the gospel.
Celebrative worship expresses our love for God. It equips and energizes us for expressing our relationship with him in every part of our lives. We were planned for God’s pleasure and for that purpose we pause to worship him.
CONNECT to the Body of Christ
We are a fellowship of believers mobilized for a common purpose. We rely on each other for encouragement, care, and accountability.
We believe that the Bible is the story of God and his people—and one that points to Jesus Christ. Understanding who he is and how he lived will help you consider how the truths of the Bible can impact your life. We prioritize a church culture that guides people to Christ-like living through spiritual habits (Bible reading and instruction, prayer, fellowship, and service).
SERVE Others Humbly
Our church is full of people quietly and industriously serving others within our church and in our community. Every member is a minister. We live our entire life as an act of worship to God.
SHARE the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Invite others to join us. If we truly love our neighbors, we will ask them to travel with us. This goes for our neighbors across the street and our neighbors across the ocean. We make known to all the hope of eternal life we have in Jesus.
The CRC Denomination
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church is a part of the Christian Reformed Church, a Protestant denomination that includes over 300,000 people across the United States and Canada. We affirm the orthodox creeds (Nicene, Apostles', and Athanasian) as well as Reformed confessions (Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dort, and the Belgic Confession).