Planted in 2005 by Pastor Dale Schaeffer and a team from the parent church Pekin First Church of the Nazarene (Pastor Greg Mason and District Superintendent Crawford Howell), Bridgeway was established as a church planting church whose vision was to specifically connect with those disconnected from God and a community of faith. For the first seven years of Bridgeway's life, it was mobile, meeting in an auditorium and theater in Morton, Illinois and a school in Tremont. In 2013, Bridgeway was relocated to Pekin on the second busiest intersection in Tazewell County. Throughout it's first 10 years, Bridgeway witnessed 806 professions of faith and 309 baptisms. In addition, the culture of Bridgeway encouraged and empowered the church plant Second Chance Church in Fishers, Indiana. In 2015, Pastor Jeff Stark joined the team to lead Bridgeway into its next chapter. Central to Bridgeway's effectiveness has been the tireless work of the pastoral staff, ministry leaders, and volunteers, the investments of both Pekin First Church of the Nazarene and the Northwest Illinois District Church of the Nazarene, and the consistent, guiding power of its Mission, Vision, and Values. In late 2015, a small struggling church approached Bridgeway about merging together to impact the community of Marquette Heights. Bridgeway accepted the churches offer and on January 6, 2016 launched the Marquette Heights campus.