We’re a community of farmers, office workers, homemakers, teachers, and tradesmen. We’re moms and dads, husbands and wives, singles, kids, and friends. Some of us have deep roots in the area, while others are new transplants. But at Forreston Grove, we’re all family.
During the great western push in the mid-1800s, Forreston Grove Church was founded in 1865 by German immigrants starting a new life in America. The congregation began as groups of like-minded believers meeting in homes weekly for Bible study, prayer, and hymn singing, which later developed into a German-speaking congregation that met for worship on the current spot we still meet today.
The first church and manse were constructed in 1866, both of small stature and resembled log cabins. Though modest, these buildings served our fledgling church well for over 25 years, until a new, spacious building was built in 1889 for the price of $4000. This new church building was constructed with a tall steeple reaching skyward 100 feet from the ground to the top. The church could be seen for miles around as a testimony and witness to God’s glory and grace.
This church building served the congregation of Forreston Grove well for 64 years until it was destroyed by fire in 1953. This fire also destroyed the grove of trees that served as the church’s namesake. A new stone church (our current building) was built and dedicated in 1956. In 1976 the manse was sold and moved to a new location and replaced by the present manse, which serves as the home of our pastor and his family.
In 1991 Forreston Grove withdrew from the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (PCUSA) over concerns about growing theological liberalism within the denomination and later joined the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) in 1997.
Today Forreston Grove Church is a Christ-centered, Bible-believing family of believers boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to our community. We remain grateful to past generations for their faithful service and example, and strive to carry the light of the gospel forth in our own.
Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be the Glory)!