The history of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church began in 1993 when members of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, Illinois living in the Fox Valley began meeting as a Sunday Evening Bible study with the goal of establishing a Presbyterian congregation in the Reformed tradition.
In the fall of 1996, the group adopted the name Covenant of Grace and began meeting for Sunday morning worship in North Aurora. At that time the new congregation became a daughter church under the oversight of Bethel.
The new church then began the search for a full-time pastor, which resulted in a call being extended to the Rev. Jim Megchelsen. In the fall of 1997, Pastor Megchelsen and his family moved to the Fox Valley from San Diego, California. Pastor Megchelsen continues to pastor the congregation.
God has since richly blessed Covenant of Grace and enabled our ministry to grow and expand. By the fall of 2001, Covenant of Grace had matured to the point of being able to exist autonomously and without further oversight from Bethel. Men from within our own congregation were elected to serve as elders and deacons and Covenant of Grace was organized as a particular church in the Orthodox Presbyterian denomination. God has continued to add to our numbers and in the fall of 2004 Covenant of Grace moved to the Batavia Park District building in Batavia in order to have a larger facility for worship. In June 2013, Covenant of Grace began meeting for worship at its current location, the John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove.
In the spring of 2017, Covenant of Grace agreed to purchase the St. Gall church building in downtown Elburn. We took possession of the property in early August and are currently in the process of preparing it to be our church home. We plan to begin worshiping there on the 8th of October. In conjunction with the move to our new location, the church changed its name to simply, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
We are excited about our upcoming move to the community of Elburn. We pray that God will use the purchase of a church building as a means of establishing our congregation for generations to come. We praise God for all that He has done for us and look forward to what He has planned for our future.