Our original building

Laying the 1962 cornerstone

Celebrating our pilgrim traditions in the 1960s

Original sanctuary as it appeared in the 1990s

Vacation Bible School 1995

Major remodel of the church and grounds, raising the new steeple and installing the cross in 2006

A small group started worshipping together on Palm Sunday of 1960 at Spring Creek School, which is still located a few blocks east of the church. Early the next year, January 5, 1961, sixty-three members chartered the church and called Rev. Nielsen for their first minister. Under his leadership, they built the church building which included the original sanctuary, offices, and first classroom complex, laying the cornerstone in 1962. Spring Creek people began to celebrate their pilgrim heritage and the grace of God that had called forth this church. The first services in the new building were held on Palm Sunday, 1963.


Our Pastoral Leadership:

  • Richard J. Nielsen, Organizing Pastor (1960-1964)

  • Wilbur H. Bartholomew (1965-1973)

  • John P. Jewell, Jr. (1969-1971)

  • Daniel Schifeling (1971-1975)

  • Walter B. McMullen (1974-1979)

  • Merle G. Steva (1980-1993)

  • Eric S. Dale, Interim Pastor (1993-1994)

  • Jack W. Kraaz (1994-2000)

  • Janet A. Schleter, Interim Pastor (2000-2001)

  • Michael O. Simmons (2001-2012)

  • Joanne Buss, Associate Pastor (2004-2007)

  • Sue Ebersold, Interim Pastor (2012)

  • Ivan Schoen (2012-2017)

  • Steven L. Welker, Interim Pastor (2017-2019)

  • Joanne Buss, Part-time Interim Pastor (2019 to present)

Spring Creek United Church of Christ in the 21st century

Our present worship sanctuary

History of Spring Creek Church

On February 1, 1960, Rev. Richard J. Nielsen and his family arrived to start two new churches in the Rockford area. These churches later became known as Spring Creek Congregational Church and Woodside Congregational Church. They were among the last churches started by the Congregational Conference before the merger into the United Church of Christ.

Our Vision is to be a church that is embracing our diversity to make a "divine difference"... Together.


We, the members of Spring Creek United Church of Christ, are a people of God centered in Christ. Responding actively to God's love, we strive to be inclusive, reconciling, and caring in our ministry to each other and to the wider community.

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Spring Creek United Church of Christ

4500 Spring Creek Road | Rockford, IL 61114

Office 815 877 2576 | Fax 815 877 6819

OFFICE HOURS | 10am-2pm Tue - Wed - Thur


Embracing our diversity to make a divine difference together - LGBT friendly - welcoming to all no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey

Sunday Worship at 10:30am

Progressive | Relevant | Inclusive | Reconciling | Caring