Bloomingdale Church is people from a variety of church heritages (as well as people with no church background at all) who appreciate the church’s practical application of the Bible to everyday living.
Bloomingdale Church began as a new congregation on April 2, 1978. A few families from the Lombard Bible Church and the Blanchard Alliance Church in Wheaton joined together to plant the church. The church met in a local public school. As congregation grew, it moved into its first building on the present five-acre parcel on Glen Ellyn Road in July 1979. The Glen Ellyn Road property also included a small brick farmhouse that is still a part of the church campus and serves as a parsonage for one of the pastoral staff. In 1984, the emerging congregation took a step of faith to construct the present sanctuary. Five years later in 1989, they added a large activity center with a vision of providing a safe, active place for the youth. Then in 1995, the congregation embraced the challenge of doubling the size of the sanctuary and adding new classrooms, including the 264 Coffeehouse. In 2007, the church broke ground again on “Phase Four” which provided additional space for larger group meetings, more classrooms, an elevator and additional parking.
Over the years, many new friends have come to the Bloomingdale Church. The congregation has assisted in the launching of several other congregations and has been a part of the ordination of a dozen assistant pastors. Dr. David (and Marina) Riemenschneider have remained the lead pastoral couple of the congregation for since planting the church. Associate Dr. Bill (and Nancy) Calvin have served on the pastoral staff since 2002, Daniel (and Amy) Riemenschneider since 2004, and Nate (and Anna) Kugel since 2013. Throughout it’s history, the staff has also included many newer staff and interns, contributing to it’s mentoring culture.
The church’s mission statement affirms its commitment to be a “worshiping, praying, learning, caring, and outreaching community.” Though the programs and activities of the church change over time, the church’s commitment to the Bible as the Word of God governs its priorities, activities and leadership.
The church is often known in the community for their free annual summer Day Camp, busy parking lot with a plethora of program, offering a food pantry, and partnerships with organizations like the Bloomingdale Park District.