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We are one church with six locations in the Chicago area.

Just like a physical orchard, we’re all about roots, life and fruit at The Orchard. 

  • We dig our ROOTS deep into the Word of Christ in our worship services.
  • We find LIFE in Jesus Christ and share that life together in LIFE Groups.
  • We bear FRUIT for Christ through praying, giving, serving and inviting.

Our Story 

We've been gathering together on Sundays for over 60 years. Started in 1953 with 43 people meeting in the auditorium of North School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, we’ve expanded to more than 3,000 people in six locations in the Chicago area.

In October of 2015, we saw the urgent need for more churches here and in the Balkan region of Europe to thrive and set to making that a reality through our Thrive Campaign. Since that time we renovated our Arlington Heights congregation, opened our Northfield and Vernon Hills congregations and sent Kujtim and Lauren Rushiti to Albania to help plant Durres Evangelical Church. The Thrive Campaign ended December 31, 2020. 

Our 2020-2021 annual report will give you a more in-depth view of The Orchard.