We were planted in 2005 by Pastor Dale Schaeffer and a team from our 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 is 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, then a school in Tremont. In 2013, Bridgeway was relocated to Pekin on the second busiest intersection in Tazewell County. Throughout our first ten years, Bridgeway witnessed 806 professions of faith and 309 baptisms! In addition, the culture of Bridgeway encouragesd and empowered the church plant Second Chance Church in Fishers, Indiana.
In 2015, Pastor Jeff Stark joined the team to lead Bridgeway into our next chapter. Central to Bridgeway's effectiveness is the determined work of our pastoral staff, ministry leaders, volunteers, and 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 our Mission, Vision, and Values.
In late 2015, a small struggling church approached Bridgeway about merging with us to impact the community of Marquette Heights. Bridgeway accepted the invitation and on January 6, 2016 we launched our Marquette Heights campus.