God chose to plant our church in the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. The cities of Moline and Rock Island in Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, are clustered together along the banks of the Mississippi River. It’s an area rich in history but lacking a strong Presbyterian presence.
Our history as a local congregation dates back to January 2008 when the Rev. Jim Bosgraf, regional home missionary of the Presbytery of the Midwest, visited the Quad Cities. He met with people who were interested in planting an Orthodox Presbyterian church (OPC) in the area. For the next two months, he led a Sunday-evening Bible study where the interest grew. We had our first morning worship service on April 6, 2008. Covenant of Grace OPC in Batavia (later Sugar Grove), IL became our overseeing session and the Rev. John Wiers served as our first organizing pastor, laboring part time. After meeting at a hotel for a few months, we began worshipping at the Christian Friendliness YouthHope building in Moline. Consequently, our mission work took root and grew.
In 2010, the search began for a full-time, organizing pastor to nurture the continuing development of the mission work. The Rev. Ken Golden took up those labors in February 2011 and continues to serve as organizing pastor. In February 2014, Dave Mattes was ordained to the office of deacon and also serves as a local leader.
Over the course of time, we noticed that the majority of our families were living and reaching out to their neighbors in the Iowa cities. Consequently, in October 2012, we moved from Moline to Davenport and began meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist church. This remains our place of worship to this day.