Bloomingdale Church is comprised of people from a variety of church heritages or with no church background at all – who appreciate the practical application of the Bible to everyday living. Our story started way back in 1978 with the mission to help people know Jesus as Lord by being a worshiping, praying, learning, caring, and outreaching community.
A Short History
Bloomingdale Church began as a new congregation on April 2, 1978 meeting in a local public school. A few families from the Lombard Bible Church and the Blanchard (Wellspring) Alliance Church joined together to help get the congregation started. As the church grew, it moved into its first building on the present five-acre parcel on Glen Ellyn Road in July 1979. The 264 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 a 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, kids classrooms, a small library, 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 more than 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 2003, and Daniel (and Amy) Riemenschneider since 2004. Throughout its history, the staff has also included many newer staff and interns, contributing to its mentoring culture. The church’s mission statement affirms its commitment to “help people know Jesus 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 its free annual summer Day Camp, children’s programs, teen coffeehouse, active women’s groups, men’s groups and busy parking lot. Bloomingdale Church regularly partners with local organizations like the Bloomingdale Park District and DuJardin Elementary School.
“Helping people know Jesus as Lord by being a worshiping, praying, learning, caring, and outreaching community.”
“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.” — Psalm 100:2 We meet weekly for worship to honor God on Saturdays at 6PM and Sundays at 9AM and 10:30AM.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. — Colossians 4:2 Individual prayer and prayer groups serve as the spiritual cornerstone for our church. Worship hours, classes, and home groups include prayer times as a vital aspect.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” — 2 Timothy 3:16 Our worship/teaching messages and the many classes that are offered emphasize the learning of the Scripture and the practical application of its timeless truths. There are many classes and learning opportunities for both kids and adults.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” — Galatians 6:2 A practical love for Christ and people drives the many activities of our congregation. People serve in the church because they love God and care about people.
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” — Matthew 28:19-20 The church activities, including the Saturday and Sunday worship hours, intentionally welcome new friends. We love God and love people. We share the Gospel, disciple new believers to spiritual maturity, and challenge established believers to ongoing growth, seeking to equip them to mentor others in the faith.