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A Brief History
Westminster is a church family that is a little over 50 years old. That may seem pretty old to you, but in comparison to many other congregations, Presbyterian and otherwise, it is a fairly young congregation.
Here is a thumbnail sketch of our history. The congregation was organized in December, 1954 in response to the need for a new Presbyterian church on the west side of Aurora, which was then growing by leaps and bound. John Hall was the organizing pastor and the first few years were spent worshiping at Freeman Elementary School. In October, 1958, the congregation moved to its current location with the completion of the sanctuary project. A new wing was added to accommodate growth in 1962, and the newest addition was completed in 2003. The church has been served by four pastors over its lifetime, with Pastor Chuck Legvold the most recent, arriving in February, 2004. The church family has also been blessed with many faithful and gifted staff members— musicians, associate pastors, program directors, administrators and custodians—all of whom have made a positive contribution to the work of Westminster.
Any church history, though, should be seen more in mission than in events, buildings or even leaders. The fact that Westminster continues to share the love of Jesus with our community is due to the ongoing work of the Holy Spirit and those faithful people who are willing to trust and obey His voice. This simply means that the history of Westminster Presbyterian Church is not by any means complete, and that its best years lie in the future.
The mission of ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians is to build flourishing churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. We seek to be a movement, not just a denomination.
These are the foundations that propel us forward. The name ECO is not an acronym. It reinforces our passion for strengthening the ecosystems of local churches. We believe the church is a living organism that needs life-giving resources to help it grow, thrive, and multiply. ECO is committed to cultivating a healthy, diverse, resource-rich ecosystem where pastors and congregations can flourish.
How to Become a Partner
First, you simply need to tell us that you are interested in becoming a member. You can do this by checking off the box when you register your attendance, by talking with any staff member, or by contacting Pastor Chuck during the week.
Second, you will be asked to affirm your faith in a meeting with Pastor Chuck and a couple of the church's leaders.
Third, you will need to affirm your faith before the church family and, if necessary, be baptized.
Fourth, you will need to attend one of the quarterly classes which are designed specifically to get you grounded in your faith and in your commitment to your new church family.
Teaching you how to study the Bible, pray and discover the gifts you have to share with others.
Encouraging you to stay true to Jesus in those times when it's hard to do.
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