Glen Ellyn | Peoples Community Church celebrated its 10th anniversary August 13 with a banquet and a special Sunday morning worship service. The congregation has been living out its mission to help heal hurting people since James Shannon started the church as a Bible study in August 2007.
“We just looked at the community and said, ‘What’s needed out here?’” said Shannon. The answers to that question have shaped the church’s ministry as it moved from a Bible study meeting at Glenfield Baptist Church, then on the campus of the College of DuPage, then in another church building they rented, and finally back to the Glenfield building, which Peoples Church purchased in 2013.
The church has offered grief ministry, substance abuse counseling, and a day program for homeless people in the community. They also sponsor a weekly mentoring program at the local high school, and a once-a-year 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Of his church’s future, Shannon said they’re going to be like the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah, who stayed at his work high up on the wall, despite pressures below. “We’re going to continue to do what we’re doing, because God has been so good.”