Trusting Christ, Imitating Christ, Proclaiming Christ

In the fall of 1960, after much prayer and numerous calls to the many new housing projects around Chicago, the Lord led Rev. Samuel Muralt to Hampton Park in Romeoville. The McComb family opened their home for Bible study one night a week and thus the work was started.

On February 19, 1961 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. a service was held. The church was incorporated as the Bible Baptist Church of Romeoville with 13 people signing as charter members on MAY 17, 1961. In August of 1964 with 38 people in attendance, J. O. Purcell began his first pastorate at Bible Baptist and the church grew tremendously under his leadership. On the first Sunday in October, 1966 the first service was held in Bible Baptist’s new church sanctuary.

We have been blessed with nine pastors: Pastor Purcell (1964 – 1978), Dr. Bryce Augsburger, (1979 – 1988, deceased), Rev. Wayne E. Booker, (1989 – 1996), Pastor Alan O. Carson, Sr., (1997 – 2003), Pastor Jason Stover (November, 2003 – October 2, 2005) Pastor Steve Baker (October 16, 2005 – September 5, 2010), Pastor Jason Stover (November 1, 2010 – December 20, 2015),  Pastor Kipp Soncek (November 28, 2016 – June 30, 2021) and Jason Puga (July 1, 2021 – October 12, 2022). Interim Pastor, Harry Shields (February 19, 2023 to present). Each man was and is used by God to lead and strengthen the church in a specific way. The story of Bible Baptist church is rather ordinary but that is often how God works. He uses ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things so that He can get the glory. For over sixty years God has been using ordinary people to build His church in Romeoville.