Our Story

From Dream to Reality…

Journey Church began as a dream in the heart of a 30-something youth pastor to one day start a church that would impact the world.  Although Steve didn’t know when or where God would have him start this church, he was convinced God would reveal those details when needed.  After serving at several churches throughout the country, in 2011, Steve and Amy Jo Baker sensed God was leading them to start a new church in Chicagoland.  Partnering with Ignite Church Planting, Steve & Amy Jo visited many suburbs surrounding the O'Hare region, and instantly fell in love with Elmhurst!  

Steve knew Elmhurst didn't need just another church.  He believed there was a need for a new kind of church to provide a fresh, exciting experience for those in search of a relationship with God.

From the very beginning, Steve wanted Journey Church to help people, no matter where they were on their spiritual journey, to explore their faith, discover life through Jesus Christ, and live with purpose.

Steve and Amy Jo moved to Elmhurst in January of 2012 and began to tell others what God had called them to do. In the following months, several other families from all over the country moved to Chicagoland to join the Journey Team.  In September of 2012, a core group of 25 began meeting weekly at their downtown office space for worship and fellowship, getting a glimpse of what Journey Church will look like in the months and years ahead.  


We held our first official worship service at the Waterford Conference Center in Elmhurst on Sunday, October 14th at 10AM. And the rest of the story, is being written every Sunday.   We would love for you to join us on Sunday Morning.  Lets takes this journey together!  We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!