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
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 known as Grace OPC, Elburn), 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 worshiping 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.
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.
We remained there until late 2019 when we moved to Morningstar Academy in Bettendorf.
This new location served our congregation well into 2020, but COVID threw a wrench into
the possibility of a lease renewal. Thus, in July 2020, we found ourselves looking for a new
facility. By God’s grace, we found a new home at Knox Chapel in Rock Island and have been
worshiping their ever since.
In addition to location changes, we’ve also changed our oversight. Right around our move
to Bettendorf, our presbytery approved an oversight committee to take over from Grace
OPC. Rev. Wiers and Pastor Mike Kearney from our Cedar Falls church provide active
leadership for our group.