In June of 1994, Bethel began as a mission church through the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) with a small group of individuals who had a vision of becoming a vibrant, multi-ethnic church. From the humble beginnings worshiping in the pastor’s apartment, to services in a park, Bethel Christian Church found a home in the Portage Park neighborhood in 2001.
In 2003, a second service was launched on the campus of the University of Chicago (Bethel U of C) to serve the Hyde Park community. In 2010, Bethel U of C took the exciting step of becoming a PCA mission church and Living Hope Church was born. Living Hope continues to serve the south side of Chicago today.
In 2006, Bethel became a particularized church through the formation of a board of elders. The congregation subsequently voted to nominate and select a group of men to serve as deacons who were ordained in 2013.
Later that year, a core group of individuals from Bethel and other surrounding churches met to prayerfully consider a conviction to serve the suburbs of Northern Chicagoland. That summer, Bethel started a second service at the Wheeling Recreational Center.