Welcome to Christ Presbyterian Church! We’re a local church body that loves Jesus Christ, believes the gospel, and values the centrality of God’s Word. We long to see Chicagoland full of vibrant followers of Jesus Christ, and we hope that you’ll join us in worship, discipleship, and service to Christ as we pursue that mission.
Denomination and Theology
Christ Presbyterian Church belongs to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and is part of the group of Chicagoland churches that make up the Chicago Metro Presbytery (CMP). Our church follows in the footsteps of the historically reformed Christian faith; we value both the tradition and creeds of the church, and also fresh and thoughtful engagement with our culture today through the gospel of Jesus Christ. CPC is governed by a session of elders, which is made up of our senior pastor, Rev. Jon Nielson, as well as four ruling elders from the congregation. Our deacons are leaders from the congregation who serve the church by overseeing the building and grounds, finances, and general care of the congregation.
Although CPC is the church's original name, for much of its history, prior to July 1, 2019, the church was known as Spring Valley Presbyterian Church.
In 1984, a small group of men and women in the Schaumburg/Hoffman Estates area began to meet as a Bible study. Motivated by a desire to see a gospel-centered and Word-focused church established in the northwest Chicago suburbs, they met to read God’s Word, discuss their faith, and consider the implications of the gospel on the way they should live. Paul Taylor (formerly a missionary in the Philippines) was instrumental in helping this small Bible study become a new church in the Schaumburg area. The core group grew, and by late 1984, they began meeting as a church with Jim Phillis as their first pastor. Under the leadership of their next minister, Tom Perucci, Spring Valley moved from church plant status to that of a fully organized PCA church in 1993. Paul Winters was pastor of Spring Valley from November of 1994-May 2011, and the church was led by several interim and full-time pastors from 2011-2017. In June, 2017, SVPC called Rev. Jon Nielson as senior pastor. He and his wife Jeanne, and their three daughters, moved back to their hometown Chicagoland, and are serving SVPC joyfully and gratefully in preaching, shepherding, leadership, and prayer. Jon has a passion for biblical preaching, discipleship, evangelism, ministry training, and church planting, and we look forward to what God will do in and through SVPC in the years to come. In the early years of SVPC, the church met in a variety of facilities, from the Schaumburg Recreation Center, to Conant High School, to various hotel halls and banquet rooms. But in 1999, the church purchased land and began a construction project. Construction on a new church building was completed in December of 1999, and Spring Valley opened the doors of its current building at 903 Nerge Road in Roselle. The building includes a sanctuary with a “cry room,” three staff offices, a kitchen, and five Sunday school classrooms. We are grateful to God for his grace in allowing us to be debt-free on this wonderful home for our church.
Here at CPC, we place great value on the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ, Word-centered expository preaching, vibrant and thoughtful corporate worship, liturgy and historic creeds of the faith, the celebration of the sacraments (Lord’s Supper and Baptism), family ministry and discipleship, and care for one another in the body of Christ. CPC members generally commit to regular attendance at the Sunday corporate worship service, involvement in one of our geographically-based “Community Groups,” regular support of the church through giving and prayer, and often some areas of service in the church. CPC’s congregation is generationally and economically diverse, and we deeply value the unity that we share in the gospel, which binds together followers of Christ from different generations, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic situations. We love striving together to be a friendly and hospitable place; you’ll be greeted warmly here, and we love welcoming new faces into our community. Membership For people who want to make CPC their church home, we encourage them to consider joining us as members. The membership process will involve an interview with one or more of our elders, as well as some conversations and meetings to learn more about life at CPC. For more information about pursuing membership at CPC, please contact Pastor Jon (firstname.lastname@example.org).