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. 


Our mission is to connect people to: 

  • Jesus Christ
  • Each Other
  • God's purposes for their lives

Our mission influences everything we do at Bridgeway. From every ministry that we start to every event that we put on. If it isn't adhering to the mission that God has given us, we don't pursue it. 



To ignite a movement of culturally relevant, radically loving, rapidly reproducing churches preading HOPE throughout the world. 

Two Fold Strategy

  • To missionally impact 10% of the unchurched population of Tazewell and surrounding counties through a sprawling network of Bridgeway campuses
  • To influence and impact 100 church plants locally, nationally, and globally by 2030. 


Gospel Saturation

Consistently and unashamedly spread the hope of Christ believing in God's desire for lives changed. 

Local Community Transformation

If a church is going to exist in a community the community needs to be better for it.

Church Multiplication

Consistent prayerful efforts of expanding themissino of the Kingdom around the globe


4 Rs.

Respond (Come and see) : We seek to create an authentic, unconditionally loving atmosphere where people, no matter where they've been, can respond to the call of God on their lives. 

Realign (Follow me) : We seek to connect to Jesus Christ in transformative ways through intential spiritual growth. Commitment to Jesus menas our desire, attitudes, words, actaion, and relationships are realigned to the Kingdom of God. 

Restore (You will be...) : We believe that God meets us where we are but loves us to omuch to leave us where we were. We believe that God's grace restores people, families, relationships, and communities to God's original design

Reproduce (Go and do) : We are committed to living out the faith in compelling ways, trusting God to reproduce His hope in this world through humble servanthood, grave-giving, heart-mending, disciple-making, and church planty ministry.