Our Story

Peoples Church had its beginning in November 1950

Built as Calvary Gospel Tabernacle, Rev. Claude Harris obeyed the call of God and moved his family to Kankakee, Illinois to pioneer this new work.

Upon arrival in Kankakee, he rented a small store front at 522 Cypress Street which was between two taverns. There were 17 in attendance that first service. This was a building with a sanctuary that had 96 theater seats and a parsonage attached at the back of the building for the pastor's family.

March 5, 1970

Calvary Gospel Tabernacle changed its name to The Peoples  Older church members remember people stopping in during church services, mistaking it for a tavern, only to find themselves in a church. In 1954, the church purchased a building at 574 North Cottage Ave. in Kankakee. Center Road between Bourbonnais and Manteno.

August of 2001

In August of 2001, Peoples Church purchased 20 acres of farmland on Career Center Road between Bourbonnais and Manteno. In May of 2003, the church embarked on a new adventure when they sold their building on Pierson Parkway and began holding their services in rented meeting rooms at the Quality Inn in Bradley, Illinois.  The church experienced considerable growth while at the Quality Inn.

May of 2003

The church embarked on a new adventure when they sold their building on Pierson Parkway and began holding their services in rented meeting rooms at Church after purchasing a larger building at 1877 Pierson Parkway in Kankakee in the fall of 1969.

May 6, 2007

The church held a groundbreaking service on the farm land they had purchased for their future church building. They then moved into their new building and held the first service on March 9th, 2008.

Spring of 2018

We built our Legacy Center! This addition to our campus houses teaching and fellowship spaces for all ages!

Our Non-Negotiables

We Believe:

  • The Bible is the inspired Word of God. 2 Tim. 3:15-17, 1Peter 2:2, 2 Peter 1:20-21
  • There is one true God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Deut. 6:4, Is. 43:10, Mark 12:29, 2 Cor. 13:14, John 14:16
  • The Deity and Atoning Sacrifice of Christ. Acts 2:36, Col. 1:13-20, Heb. 2:10, 12:2, Acts 1:9-11, 1
  • All people are spiritually lost. Rom 3:23, 6:23, Eph. 2:1-3
  • The only hope of salvation for man rests in the forgiving grace of God through Jesus Christ. Rom 6:23, 10:9-10, Eph. 2:8-9, Gal. 5:1
  • The conditions for receiving salvation are belief, confession and repentance. Rom. 10:9-13, Eph. 2:8-9, Acts 3:19-20
  • Water baptism by immersion. Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:38, Acts 8:36-39, Rom. 6:4
  • The sanctification of believers. 2 Cor. 6:14-18, 1 Peter 1:14-17, 2 Peter 1:3a
  • The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. John 14:25-26, Rom. 8:9
  • The baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:5-8, 1 Cor. 12,14.
  • The priesthood of all believers. 1 Peter 2:4,5,9, Rom. 12:3-8, 1 Cor. 12:7, 11-25
  • The imminent return of Christ. 1 Thess. 4:16-18, Matt. 24,25, Rev. 20:11-15, 2 Peter 3:9-13

Our Mission

Mission Statement:

Peoples Church exists to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Mission Strategy:

Love God. Love People. Serve People.

Mission Emphasis – Core Values:

  • To have a Spirit of Excellence
  • To create Christ-honoring, spiritually formed disciples and leaders in His church
  • To empower the next generation to be a positive influence in our community
  • To have a heart for the lost and compassion for the hurting