Park Forest Baptist Church began as a home Bible study under the leadership of its first pastor Jim Nolten. The first public worship service was held September 12 th , 1982 at the Big Wrangler Steak House on North Atherton Street with 19 local people present. Six months later the church moved worship services to Village Inn Pizza Parlor. On its first anniversary, the church moved to the Holiday Inn where it continued to meet for four years. Finally, in October of 1987, the growing congregation moved into the new multi-purpose facility currently on 24 acres at 3030 Carnegie Drive, situated at the intersection of Valley Vista Drive and Carnegie Drive.
The strength of the church has been its commitment to standing under the authority of the Scriptures in its teaching along with a spirit of Christian love. In 1998, the church added a youth pastor to its staff. In the spring of 2000, a children’s minister was added. After many years of faithful service, Jim Nolten, the churches founding pastor retired in the summer of 2016. The church then called Jeremy Field to be its lead pastor in the fall of that same year. Jeremy had previously served as the youth pastor from 2007-2013.
Today the church is excited about continuing to be a part of God’s kingdom work in the world as we faithfully serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.