ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Glen Ellyn Bible Church is a place for people just like you, your friends and your family. We are here to help you in any way we can. We make this offer because the God we worship and serve cares about people. He cares about you.
From the worship services to the Sunday-school classes (for all ages) to student groups and small groups—everything we do is to help people walk the journey of life. Presently about 1000 people attend our worship services. Approximately 200 middle school and high school students count GEBC as their church home. The children’s ministry serves over 200 kids ages birth-5th grade.
Browse our site. Learn more about us. Give us the opportunity to build a bridge to you and for you. In the process, we are confident that God will help bring about the changes you long for in your life.
September 29, 1943 was the date of a merger between two smaller churches in Glen Ellyn—the First Evangelical Church and the Gospel Tabernacle. Both churches were rich in history and had a common desire to proclaim the good news of Christ in their community and around the world.
With the common commitments to children’s and student ministries, supporting missionaries, and a shared passion to reach their community with the gospel, these two churches merged to form what is now known as Glen Ellyn Bible Church
Since 1943, the church has continued to build on its commitments to each of ministry focuses. In 1960, the church planted a congregation on Park Boulevard, near the present location of Glenbard South High School. The church plant grew to over 200 people in three years.
During the 1980s, Gary Gulbranson served as Senior Pastor, and Glen Ellyn Bible Church experienced significant growth in attendance. The late 1980s were a time of facility improvement as well, with Rathbun Hall and additional education space being built. In 1994, Jim Cofield began serving as Senior Pastor, and it became clear that, to better meet the needs of the congregation, some updating was necessary. Air conditioning was installed, the basement was remodeled and the Worship Center was upgraded with a new sound system, pews, carpet, stage and lighting. At the same time, all remaining debt was retired.
In May of 2004, Kelly Brady was installed as Senior Pastor, having already served as the Student Ministry Pastor and Family Life Pastor for a decade. In 2006, GEBC added a third Sunday morning worship service and the elders of Glen Ellyn Bible Church first illustrated their Philosophy of Ministry using the Disciple-Making Target. Pastor Kelly published Following Jesus in 2010, which explains the Disciple-Making Target in detail.
In February 2010, Pastors Brian From and Dave Schubert were sent out, along with 72 adults and children, to plant Four Corners Community Church (FCCC) in Downers Grove, Illinois. Today, FCCC averages nearly 300 in worship on Sunday mornings.
January of 2015 marked a new era in the life of our church with the launching of the Engage Vision. Out of years of prayer and seeking God’s wisdom for what was next for our community of faith the Engage vision was born. The Engage Vision guides everything we do at Glen Ellyn Bible and was the catalyst for launching our Caregiving Center in August of 2015, which serves over 200 under-resourced families in our community each month.
In 2016 we launched our ENGAGE 2020 vision, which included a three year long $3.36 million capital campaign. We opened our new Welcome Center and remodeled facility on June 15, 2019.
As we look ahead, we are thankful for our heritage and God’s faithfulness to our community of faith. We are also excited about what we believe God has called us to do in reaching the broken and in growing followers of Christ. God has done many great things in and through this church. We believe that the best days for God’s church are before us!