Our Beliefs

We are part of the Evangelical Free Church of America and subscribe to the denomination’s doctrinal statement.   


We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.


We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.


We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled, and renewed.


We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel's promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.


We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.


We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.


We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.


We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor, and justice for the oppressed. With God's Word, the Spirit's power, and fervent prayer in Christ's name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ's commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.


We believe in the personal, bodily, and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service, and energetic mission.


We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.

Our History

Early in 1961, a small group of believers, concerned about the lack of an evangelical witness in Barrington, met with a representative of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). They explored the possibility of establishing a church in the area as a "place of fellowship and as a means of proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."

In August 1961, the group became the Barrington Evangelical Free Church and called their first pastor. About 44 people regularly attended Sunday morning worship. Also at that time, a Sunday school program was started and a club program for the youth of the church was begun. Emphases in the early church were missions, youth, and teaching and preaching the Word of God.

With exceptional vision, the church decided in 1965 to buy about five acres on Main Street and proceed with a building project. In 1967 the completed church was renamed Village Church of Barrington. A gym and high school meeting rooms were built in 1969 to accommodate the large numbers of youth who were being touched by the ministry of the church. The building of a new sanctuary to seat 500 was begun in 1975. Several other remodeling and building programs have been completed since then. The gym/multi-purpose room, high school youth rooms, kitchen, elevator, classrooms, and bathrooms serve the many ministries of the church well.

Our congregation mirrors the communities of Chicago's northwest suburbs and most of our congregation have professed faith in Christ, are involved in church activities, and have been here at least three years. Average weekend attendance in our worship services is 600. Village Church of Barrington continues to be the evangelical witness that its founders desired. The impact of our ministry is felt locally, regionally, and globally.