- Phone: (630) 668-4647
- Mailing Address: 600 Kuhn Rd., Carol Stream, IL 60188
Village Bible Church was founded on April 4, 1960, as its thirty original members began ministering to a newly incorporated suburb: Carol Stream. As the village grew, so did the church. By 1964, the church had raised enough money to buy two acres of farmland along Kuhn Road. Construction began soon afterward, and in 1966 a dedication service was held in the completed church building.
VBC continued to grow throughout the 1960s and 1970s as the church emphasized two areas of ministry: world missions and youth outreach. The church body supported missionaries from Peru and Venezuela to Malaysia and Zimbabwe, and every summer, church volunteers ran Vacation Bible School for dozens of local children.
Since the 1980s, VBC has continued to support overseas missionaries and frequently sends teams from the church to serve countries in need. VBC currently supports individuals who serve Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Czech Republic, Europe and the United States. The church encourages short-term mission trips as well.
Several well-known writers crossed paths with VBC over the years. Jim Conway, author of Men in Midlife Crisis, became the first full-time pastor from 1963 to 1969. In 1970, Harold Willmington served as interim pastor; he would go on to write the classic reference work, Willmington’s Guide to the Bible.
During the mid-70s, VBC’s youth group was led by Jerry B. Jenkins, who would later become a popular author of Christian fiction, including the bestselling Left Behind series. Longtime VBC member Fred Dickason served as a deacon before writing his theological handbook Angels: Elect and Evil.
Many godly men have served VBC as pastors. VBC’s current pastor, Ray Gurunian, has been with the church since 1996. Ray and his wife, Kendee, relocated from California to answer the call to the pastorate.
Since it began in 1960, VBC has consistently experienced God’s great faithfulness, and in turn, the church body has consistently served the community of Carol Stream. As our mission statement says we are, “Striving to be and helping others to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ". Come join us as we seek to demonstrate the love of Christ and make Him known, in Carol Stream and around the world.