How Did We Get Here?

Founded in 1963 in South Holland, Illinois, Faith’s mission to build relationships inside and outside of the church resulted in a steady growth which, in 2002, precipitated a move to a larger building and campus in Dyer, Indiana.  Since then we have continued to expand our vision and reach by embracing a “one church, multiple locations” philosophy. We have grown to include five different campuses — four in Indiana and one in Illinois.


September 1963

South Holland Calvary Reformed Church and First Church both had grown to their full sanctuary capacity. Rather than adding service times, they felt called to start a new church on the southside of South Holland, to be known as Faith Reformed Church.

September 1963

March 1964

The consistory approved the purchase of five acres of land on 170th Street in South Holland, Illinois.

March 1964

September 1965

Our first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on 170th Street in South Holland, Illinois.

September 1965

January 1974

Faith Reformed Church had grown to 180 families by our 10th Anniversary.

January 1974

August 1990 & July 1992

Reverend Robert “Bob” Bouwer was installed as Minister of Evangelism and Discipleship and then became Senior Pastor in 1992.

August 1990 & July 1992

October 1994

We began holding two morning worship services: one traditional and one contemporary.

October 1994

February 1997

We began holding Harvest Life Worship services as a place for midweek gatherings, including dinner together beforehand.

February 1997

February 1999

Treasureland (now referred to as Faith Kids), the new children’s ministries for ages birth-5th grade, began and replaced what was formerly referred to as Sunday School.

February 1999

November 2001

Congregation approved the purchase of 25 acres of land in Dyer, Indiana.

November 2001

June 2003

Name simplified to Faith Church; held our first service at our new location, 100-81st Avenue in Dyer, Indiana.

June 2003

November 2005

Grand Opening of a new Atrium addition, including 3 adult classrooms, our Vine Bookstore and Faithful Grounds Coffee Shop.

November 2005

December 2005

Balcony project completed adding an additional 200 seats to the Worship Center.

December 2005

April 2006

We began to explore the multi-site concept due to the increasing attendance and space limitations at Faith Dyer.

April 2006

January 2007

The decision to become a multi-site church was made, with plans to launch a new campus in Cedar Lake, Indiana.

January 2007

September 2007

Faith Cedar Lake held its first worship service at Hanover High School in Cedar Lake, Indiana.

September 2007

September 2008

Approached by Waypoint Church to enfold with Faith Church. We launched our third campus as Faith Valparaiso.

September 2008

January 2009

The Ravines Retreat Center, which serves couples whose marriages are in crisis, opened in Lowell, Indiana.

January 2009

January 2009

Faith Family Market opens to provide food and essential supplies to those who are experiencing financial difficulties.

January 2009

March 2011

A fourth campus of Faith Church was launched in Hammond at Kenwood School, which would later move to the Hammond Academy of Science & Technology.

March 2011

September 2012

A fifth campus for Faith Church was launched in Beecher. The campus enfolded Beecher Community Church.

September 2012

September 2013

A sixth campus for Faith Church was launched in Highland. The campus enfolded Faith Highland CRC.

September 2013

September 2014

The seventh campus of Faith Church was launched in Schererville at Campagna Academy.

September 2014

October 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration held at the former Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana; over 6,000 people attended.

October 2014

October 2015

Faith Santo Domingo campus launched.

October 2015

February 2016

Faith Cedar Lake held its first service in its newly built permanent location.

February 2016

May 2016

Faith Church rebranded with a new look, as you know it today.

May 2016

May 2017

Faith Hammond enfolds Trinity Reformed Church of Munster to form Faith Munster.

May 2017

January 2018

Faith Valparaiso closes and is enfolded by Liberty Bible Church.

January 2018

May 2018

Faith Santo Domingo closes and is enfolded by Shekinah Church.

May 2018

July 2020

Invested in technology for all locations to provide Facebook Live; launched our Online Ministry (WeAreFaith.tv).

July 2020

August 2020

Faith Schererville closes but maintains relationship with Campagna Academy

August 2020

September 2021

Joined the Kingdom Network

September 2021