Who Are We?
VILLAGE: A SHORT HISTORY
Village Baptist Church began when God called Richard and Wilma Dix from Michigan to the Fox Valley Villages of Aurora in 1982. Six area churches helped them with inital calling on the Villages homes. The first service was held on Easter Sunday 1983.
The church was officially chartered on January 8th 1984 with eleven members. Of the original eleven, Sig and Dar Kliceva remain as members. For the first few years, growth was slow, but the families were faithful and persevered.
During 1985 the church outgrew the Dix's home, and began meeting at Waubonsie Valley High School. Another significant event in the life of the church was God's provision for the church to purchase 5 acres of property for $75,000. along Ogden Avenue for a future building site.
In late 1987 God led the church to call Richard and Richelle Howard, recent graduates from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, to relocate to Aurora and work with the Dixs.
1988 and 1989 were busy years! VBC needed a new place to meet, and began holding services at La Petite Day Care Center. In the providence of God, the property that had been purchased earlier was sold for $925,000 and the present property on Ogden and Frontenac was purchased. At this time, the Dix family resigned the pastorate at Village, and began a new church in Elgin.
For nine months during 1989 the present building was constructed utilizing the skills and abilities of the families present, missionary builders and sub-contractors. When we began services in the present building, the church had grown to about 75 people; in all, we had met at six different locations including Wheatland Elementary School, the Dix's basement on 103rd St. and First Baptist Church of Plainfield. The first service in our own building was held on Thanksgiving 1989 with much rejoicing for God's provision. Since that time the church has prospered spiritually and has grown to fill the building.
In July of 1998, the Church called Ralph Taylor and his wife Aimee as Associate Pastor to minister in Evangelism and Discipleship. The Taylors served faithfully at VBC until March of 2002 when they were called to minister as Sr. pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Lombard.
In August of 2005, VBC called Bob Stevenson as a short-term intern, and in Februrary of 2006, he was officially called to Village as Associate Pastor. Bob is married to Becky and they worked alongside the Howards until September of 2009 when Bob was called to be the Senior Pastor of Village. Rich and Richelle Howard began a ministry with Tri-M, a division of EBM, at this time, serving in various parts of the world but mainly in the Rwanda/Congo area, training local pastors.