Who We Are
On September 9, 2001, Christ the King Church held its first service in Batavia, Illinois. A year earlier, Pastor Ken Carr and Pastor Douglas O’Donnell came to College Church in Wheaton to cast a vision for the second plant of College Church. A few months later, 30 adults and 20 children formed the core of this new church in Batavia, a Western suburb of Chicago. In 2006, Pastor O’Donnell returned to College Church to start the third church plant. Soon after, Pastor Jeff Holwerda took his place, continuing to serve as the church’s Associate Pastor.
Throughout its history, CtK has held to its purpose statement of being “a reaching, teaching church, fueled by God’s word and focused on Jesus Christ.” Since its inception, CtK has been centered on teaching God’s people his Word. Thus, they continue to offer Sunday School for all ages, men’s and women’s Bible studies and weekly prayer meetings. Moreover, this teaching church is a reaching church. Each Sunday night (September - April) they host an AWANA program, which draws over 100 children from the surrounding area. CtK also supports 9 missionaries. We hope to continue to grow in grace, godliness and perseverance for the pleasure and glory of God.
Christ the King Church has a rich heritage rooted in College Church in Wheaton. Founded in 1878, College Church is an independent, inter-denominational church located near Wheaton College. Under the direction of Pastor Hughes and following the New Testament pattern for evangelism, College Church planted its first church, Holy Trinity, in Hyde Park, Chicago in 1998. College Church then planted Christ the King in Batavia in 2001, followed by New Covenant in Naperville in 2006 and New Hope in Lombard in 2010.
Like College Church, Christ the King Church embraces the axiom, 'In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.' The leadership at Christ the King Church is committed to similar foundational principles that will build a church whose chief purpose is to glorify God.