Church List

Here’s a list of the church services I visited during the Exploring College Ministry road trip!

As always, please keep in mind the disclaimer (basically, my attendance doesn’t imply my endorsement). I’ve simply taken the opportunity to see all these churches in action – an awesome education in American Christianity, Church History, etc.

What an opportunity: to see God’s people meeting all over the country! And in many cases, these are some of the most influential churches of the past decade – or, in some cases, the past century.

So here’s the list…

Primary Worship Services
(the main weekly “front door” gathering, as opposed to additional services offered for members, etc.)

  1. Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL, Saturday night, 8-18-07: Teaching Pastor Mike Breaux
  2. Harvest Bible Chapel, Lake Zurich, IL, Sunday 9am, 8-19: Senior Pastor Mel Svendsen
  3. Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville, IL, Sunday 11am, 8-19: Senior Pastor Steve Mathewson
  4. Moody Church, Chicago, IL, Sunday night Bible study, 8-19: Pastor for Equipping & Young Adult Ministries Steve Mason
  5. City Church, Chicago, IL (meeting at Chicago Center for the Performing Arts), Sunday night, 8-19: Lead Pastor Kent Munsey
  6. North Park Covenant Church, Chicago, IL, Sunday morning, 8-26: Douglas W. Johnson
  7. The Chapel, Libertyville, IL, Saturday night, 9-1: Associate Campus Pastor Mike Furr
  8. Larkin Avenue Baptist Church, Elgin, IL, Sunday morning, 9-2: Senior Pastor Richard Sanders
  9. Harvest Bible Chapel, Elgin campus, IL, 11:15am, 9-2: Teaching Pastor Joe Stowell, Sr.
  10. Willow Creek Community Church, IL, South Barrington, Saturday night, 9-8: Michael Franzese with Lead Pastor Gene Appel
  11. Church of the Resurrection, Glen Ellyn, IL (held at Glenbard West HS), 9am, 9-9: Rector Stewart Ruch
  12. Wheaton Bible Church, Wheaton, IL, Sunday night Ecclesia service, 9-9: Pastor of Ecclesia Ted Coniaris
  13. Harvest Bible Chapel, Rolling Meadows, IL, Saturday night, 9-15: Senior Pastor James MacDonald
  14. Moody Church, Chicago, IL, Sunday 9:50am, 9-16: Senior Pastor Erwin Lutzer
  15. Park Community Church, Chicago, IL (held at Moody Bible Institute), Sunday evening, 9-16: Senior Pastor Jackson Crum
  16. Evanston Bible Fellowship, Evanston, IL (meeting at Century Theater), 9-30: Senior Pastor Jason Lancaster
  17. Taylors First Baptist Church, Taylors, SC, Sunday morning, 10-7: Senior Pastor Frank Page, President of the Southern Baptist Convention, preaching
  18. Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge, MA, 11am Sun. 10-14, Pastor Curtis Cook preaching
  19. Oasis Church, Somerville, MA, special gathering / fellowship service, Sun. 10-14
  20. Christ the King Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, MA, Sun. 10-21
  21. Park Street Church, Boston, MA, 6pm Sun. 10-21, Senior Minister Gordon Hugenberger preaching
  22. Mercy House, Amherst, MA, Sun. 10-28, Lead Pastor Robert Krumrey preaching
  23. Church at the Gate, Boston, MA, Sun. 10-28, Pastor Nathan Creitz preaching
  24. Shawmut Springs Church, Boston, MA, Sun. 10-28, Rob Glass preaching
  25. Christ Memorial Church, Williston, VT, Sun. 11-4, Senior Minister Wes Pastor preaching
  26. Park Street Church, Boston, MA, Sun. 11-4, Teri McCarthy, Writer-in-Residence, International Institute of Christian Studies, speaking (this evening service was part of Park Street Church’s World Missions Conference, as well)
  27. Hope Fellowship Church, Cambridge, MA, Coolidge Corner campus, 6pm 11-4, Pastor Curtis Cook preaching
  28. Church Public, New Britain, CT, 8pm Thurs. 11-8, Pastor Austin Evers preaching
  29. Groton Bible Chapel, Groton, CT, Sun. 11-11, Tim Lenes preaching
  30. Brook Hills Church, Birmingham, AL, Sun. PM 11-18, Senior Pastor David Platt preaching
  31. Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL, 8am Sun. 11-25
  32. Calvary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, AL, 9:45 Sun. 11-25
  33. Bethany World Prayer Center, Baker, LA, 6:30pm Sat. 12-1, Pastor Larry Stockstill preaching
  34. Healing Place Church, Baton Rouge, LA, 8am Sun. 12-2, Pastor Dino Rizzo preaching
  35. Istrouma Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA, 10:30am Sun. 12-2, Pastor Matt Surber preaching
  36. Pinelake Church, Brandon, MS, 8am Sun. 12-9, Senior Pastor Chip Henderson preaching
  37. First Baptist Church, Jackson, MS, “The Link” service 12-9
  38. Evening service, Temple Baptist Church, Ruston, LA, 12-9
  39. First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, “Centerstage” service Sun. 12-23, Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress preaching
  40. First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, “Centerstage” service Sun. 12-30, O.S. Hawkins, President and CEO, Guidestone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention
  41. Denton Bible Church, Denton, TX, 6pm Sun. 12-30, Senior Pastor Tommy Nelson preaching
  42. First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, “Centerstage” service Sun. 1-6-08, Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress preaching
  43. Fellowship Church, Grapevine, TX, 5pm Sat. 1-19, Senior Pastor Ed Young, Jr., preaching
  44. The Village Church, Highland Village, TX, 7pm Sat. 1-19, Lead Pastor Matt Chandler preaching
  45. Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX, 9am Sun. 1-20, Executive Pastor John Cox preaching
  46. First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, 11am Sun. 1-20, Senior Pastor Robert Jeffress preaching
  47. Skyline Church, San Diego, CA, “Effect” service, 5pm Saturday, 1-26, incoming Young Adult Pastor Nick Benoit preaching
  48. Skyline Church, CA, “The Cause” service, 6pm Saturday, 1-26, incoming Young Adult Pastor Nick Benoit preaching
  49. North Coast Church, Vista, CA, five different venues (blog post about that), 9am Sunday, 1-27, Sr. Pastor Larry Osborne preaching
  50. Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, CA, 10:45am Sunday, 1-27
  51. The Rock Church, San Diego, CA, 5pm Sunday, 1-27, Sr. Pastor Miles McPherson preaching
  52. Mariners Church, Irvine, CA, 5pm Saturday, 2-2, Sr. Pastor Kenton Beshore preaching
  53. Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA, 6:30pm Saturday, 2-2, Doug Fields preaching
  54. Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA, 8:30am Sunday, 2-3, Pastor-Teacher John MacArthur preaching
  55. The Church on the Way (First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys), Van Nuys, CA, 6pm Saturday, 2-9, Senior Executive Dan Hicks preaching
  56. Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Santa Ana, CA, 7:45am Sunday, 2-10, Senior Pastor Chuch Smith, Sr., preaching
  57. Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, CA, 9:30am Sunday, 2-10, Senior Pastor Robert A. Schuller preaching
  58. Havest Christian Fellowship, Riverside, CA, 11:45am Sunday, 2-10, Senior Pastor Greg Laurie preaching
  59. Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA, 4:30pm Sunday, 2-10, Student Minister Doug Fields preaching
  60. Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, CA, 11am Sunday, 2-17, Senior Pastor Mark Brewer preaching
  61. Mosaic, Los Angeles, CA, 5pm Sunday, 2-17, Senior Pastor Erwin McManus preaching
  62. Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, CA, 7pm Sunday, 2-17, Executive Pastor Todd Nighswonger preaching
  63. Mercy Church, San Luis Obispo, CA, 6pm, 2-23, Youth Pastor Luke Page preaching
  64. Grace Church, San Luis Obispo, CA, 9:30am, 2-24, Senior Pastor Tim Theule preaching
  65. Calvary Chapel San Luis Obispo, CA, 6:30pm, 2-24, Senior Pastor Bryan Stupar preaching
  66. Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, CA, 5pm Sat. 3-1, Gary Haugen, CEO/President of International Justice Mission, preaching
  67. Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA, 8:30am Sun. 3-2, College Pastor Paul Taylor preaching
  68. The River Church Community, San Jose, CA, held at San Jose State University’s Student Union, 10am Sun. 3-2, Community Life Pastor David Alvarez preaching
  69. Cathedral of Faith, San Jose, CA, 11:30am, 3-2, Co-Senior Pastor Ken Foreman preaching
  70. Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, CA, 7pm, 3-2, Teaching Pastor Dan Kimball preaching
  71. WestGate Church, San Jose, CA, 3-8, Alex Fitzgerald, Community Life Pastor, Great Exchange Church, preaching
  72. Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, San Francisco, CA, 3-9, Founder & Minister of Liberation Cecil Williams preaching
  73. Mosaic Church, Berkeley, CA, 3-9, Site Catalyst Kevin Knox preaching
  74. Imago Dei Community, Portland, OR, 9am 3-16, Lead Pastor Rick McKinley preaching
  75. First Baptist Church, Beaverton, OR, 11:10am 3-16, Pastor Norm Langston preaching
  76. Living Hope Church, Vancouver, WA, 1pm 3-16, Senior Pastor John Bishop preaching
  77. Mars Hill Church, Downtown Campus (launch day), Seattle, WA, 6pm 3-16, Teaching Pastor Mark Driscoll preaching (via video)
  78. Trinity Reformed Church, Moscow, ID, 7:30am 3-23 (Easter), Pastor Peter J. Leithart preaching (meeting at Christ Church, Moscow, ID)
  79. Trinity Baptist Church, Moscow, ID, 10:30am 3-23 (Easter), Senior Pastor Dan Bailey preaching
  80. Resonate Church, Pullman, WA, 6pm 3-23 (Easter), Lead Pastor Keith Wieser preaching
  81. Real Life Ministries (church), Post Falls, ID, 5:30pm 3-28, Senior Pastor Jim Putnam preaching
  82. City Church, Kirkland, WA, 8am 3-30, Benny Perez, Pastor of The Church at South Las Vegas, preaching
  83. Eastlake Community Church, Bothell, WA, 9:30am 3-30, Teaching Pastor Mike Meeks preaching
  84. Overlake Christian Church, Redmond, WA, 11am 3-30, Lead Pastor Mike Howerton preaching
  85. University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA, 5pm 3-30, Senior Pastor Earl Palmer preaching
  86. Mars Hill Church, Ballard (Main) Campus, Seattle, WA, 7pm 3-30, Teaching Pastor Mark Driscoll preaching
  87. Church of the Apostles, Seattle, WA, 4-5, Abbess Karen Ward preaching
  88. Christian Faith Center, Federal Way Campus, 9:30am, 4-6, Pastor Casey Treat preaching
  89. Champions Centre, Tacoma Campus, 11:30am, 4-6, Pastor Kevin Gerald preaching
  90. The Rock, Minneapolis, MN, Fri. 4-11, Pastor Mark Darling preaching
  91. Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN, 4-12, Pastor for Vision & Preaching John Piper preaching
  92. Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN, Sun. 4-13 11am, Senior Pastor Efrem Smith preaching
  93. Solomon’s Porch, Minneapolis, MN, Sun. 4-13 5pm, Pastor Doug Pagitt leading
  94. Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie, MN, Sun. 4-13 “The Gathering” service, Senior Pastor Leith Anderson preaching
  95. Community Christian Church, Naperville, IL, 5pm Sat. 5-3 at Romeoville Campus, Student Ministries Director & Teaching Team Member Shawn Williams preaching (live)
  96. Community Christian Church, Naperville, IL, 6:30pm Sat. 5-3 at Yellow Box (Main) Campus, Lead Pastor & Teaching Team Member Dave Ferguson preaching (live)
  97. First Baptist Church, Hammond, IN, Sun. 5-4, Pastor Jack Schaap preaching
  98. Family Christian Center, Munster, IN, 12:30pm Sun. 5-4, Senior Pastor Steve Munsey preaching
  99. Mars Hill Bible Church, Grandville, MI, 6pm Sun. 5-4, Author Matthew Sleeth preaching
  100. NorthRidge Church, Plymouth, MI, “Real Life” service, Wed. 5-7, Communion and Live Worship Recording with preaching by Senior Pastor Brad Powell
  101. Kensington Community Church, Troy, MI (main campus), Sat. 5-10, Teaching Pastor Dave Wilson preaching
  102. NorthRidge Church, Plymouth, MI, 7:30pm Sat. 5-10, Senior Pastor Brad Powell preaching
  103. Granger Community Church, Granger, IN, 9am Sun. 5-11, Senior Pastor Mark Beeson preaching
  104. Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL (main campus), 11:15am Sun. 5-11, Teaching Pastor Nancy Beach preaching
  105. Pres House on the University of Wisconsin campus, Madison, WI, Sun. 5-11, College Chaplain Intern Tracy Nolen preaching
  106. Blackhawk Church, Verona, WI, 6pm Sun. 5-11, Senior Pastor Chris Dolson preaching
  107. Grove City Church of the Nazarene, Grove City, OH, Sat. 5-17, various Pastors preaching
  108. World Harvest Church, Canal Winchester, OH, 10am Sun. 5-18, Pastor Rod Parsley preaching
  109. Columbus Fellowship of Christ, Columbus, OH, Sun. 5-18, Pastor Daniel Kim preaching
  110. Ginghamsburg Church, Tipp City, OH, Sat. 5-24, Lead Pastor Mike Slaughter preaching
  111. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Cincinnati, OH, 8am Sun. 5-25, Pastor Jess Abbott preaching
  112. Crossroads Community Church, Cincinnati, OH, 10am Sun. 5-25, Lead Pastor Brian Tome preaching
  113. Vineyard Community Church, Cincinnati, OH, 11:40am Sun. 5-25, Teaching Pastor Joe Boyd preaching
  114. Eagle Brook Church, Lino Lakes, MN, 4pm Sat. 5-31, Senior Pastor Bob Merritt preaching
  115. Living Word Christian Center, Brooklyn Park, MN, 7pm Sat. 5-31, Co-Senior Pastor Lynne Hammond preaching
  116. Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, IL, 9am Sun. 6-1, Senior Pastor Bill Hybels preaching
  117. College Church, Wheaton, IL, 11am Sun. 6-1, Associate Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Training Todd Wilson preaching
  118. Forerunner Christian Fellowship (of International House of Prayer), Grandview, MO, 8:30am Sun. 6-8, Lou Engle, IHOP Senior Leadership Team, preaching
  119. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS, 10:45am Sun. 6-8, Senior Pastor Adam Hamilton preaching
  120. McLean Bible Church, Vienna, VA, Sat. 6-14, Senior Pastor Lon Solomon preaching
  121. National Community Church, Union Station campus, Washington, D.C., 9am Sun. 6-15, OnePrayer multi-church video sermon by Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor,, Edmond, OK
  122. Capitol Hill Baptist Church, 10:45 Sun. 6-15, Pastoral Assistant Adam Grusy preaching
  123. Frontline service of McLean Bible Church, Sun. 6-15, MBC Senior Pastor Lon Solomon preaching
  124. Christ Fellowship Church, Palm Beach Gardens, Sat. 6-21, Senior Pastor Tom Mullins preaching
  125. Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 8am Sun. 6-22, Assistant Pastor (Family) Doug Saturn preaching
  126. Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL, observing both the Traditional sanctuary venue and (mostly) the Contemporary venue, 10:15am Sun. 6-22, Minister of Pastoral Care Paul Hurst preaching (in the Contemporary venue)
  127. Flamingo Road Church, Cooper City, FL, 12:30pm Sun. 6-22, Internet Campus Pastor Brian Vasil preaching
  128. Northland, A Church Distributed, Longwood, FL, 7pm Mon. 6-23, Pastor (of distributed ministry and worship, primarily) Vernon Rainwater preaching
  129. Perimeter Church, Duluth, GA, Sat. 6-28, Teaching Team member and Pastor of The Gathering (Young Adults) Matt Ballard preaching
  130. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Lithonia, GA, 7am Sun. 6-29, Bishop Eddie Long preaching
  131. First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA, 11am (contemporary service) Sun. 6-29, Director of Pastoral Counseling James Eubanks preaching
  132. North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, GA, 12:45pm Sun. 6-29, Senior Pastor Andy Stanley preaching
  133. Buckhead Church (campus of North Point Community Church), Atlanta, GA, 6pm Sun. 6-29, Clay Scroggins preaching (via recorded video)
  134. Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Decatur, GA, “Saturday Celebration” service 7-5, Worship Leader Paul Carpenter preaching
  135. Grace Church, Greenville, SC, 9am Sun. 7-6, Joe Benanti preaching
  136. Seacoast Church (Greenville, SC, campus), main campus in Mt. Pleasant, SC, 10:30am Sun. 7-6, Small Group Minister Ryan May preaching
  137. Redemption World Outreach Center, Greenville, SC, 12pm Sun. 7-6, Senior Pastor Ron Carpenter preaching
  138. NewSpring Church, Anderson, SC, 5pm Sun. 7-6, Pastor Perry Noble preaching
  139. Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, KY, 9am Sun. 7-13, Teaching Minister Kyle Idleman preaching
  140. Clifton Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, 10:45am Sun. 7-13, Senior Associate Pastor John Kimbell preaching
  141. Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, TN, 5:15pm Sun. 7-13, Senior Pastor Mike Glenn preaching
  142. Church on the Move, Tulsa, OK, 6pm Sat. 7-19, Senior Pastor Willie George preaching
  143. Guts Church, Tulsa, OK, 8:30am Sun. 7-20, Pastor Bill Scheer preaching
  144. Woodlake Assembly of God, Tulsa, OK, 10am Sun. 7-20, Senior Pastor Ted Heaston preaching
  145. (Tulsa, OK, campus), main campus in Edmond, OK, 11:30am Sun. 7-20, Craig Groeschel teaching mixed with “The Bucket List” scenes – all via video (for their annual “At the Movies” series)
  146., Edmond, OK, 6pm Sun. 7-20, same as above
  147. Timberline Church, Fort Collins, CO, Edge live video venue Sat. 7-26, Senior Pastor Dary Northrop preaching
  148. New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO, 9am Sun. 7-27, Jimmy Evans, Senior Pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church of Amarillo, TX, preaching (Evans also serves as an outside overseer of New Life Church)
  149. Vanguard Church, Colorado Springs, CO, 11am Sun. 7-27, Associate Pastor of Small Groups & Men’s Ministry Scott Cline preaching
  150. Pathways Church, Denver, CO, 6pm Sun. 7-27, Lead Pastor Ron Johnson preaching (I had to leave early, after the message)
  151. Scum of the Earth Church, Denver, CO, 7pm Sun. 7-27, Senior Pastor Mike Sares preaching
  152. Tempe Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Tempe, AZ, 10:50am Sat. 8-9, Pastor Ray Navarro preaching
  153. Community Church of Joy, Glendale, AZ, Sat. 8-9, Senior Pastor Walt Kallestad preaching
  154. Christ’s Church of the Valley, Peoria, AZ, 6:15pm Sat. 8-9, this weekend’s services involved a special multimedia and drama service concerning raising children
  155. SouthGate Church, Phoenix, AZ, 8am “Express Service” Sun. 8-10
  156. Phoenix First Assembly of God, Phoenix, AZ, 9am Sun. 8-10, Senior Pastor Tommy Barnett preaching
  157. North Mountain Church, Phoenix, AZ, 10:30am Sun. 8-10, Pastor Dan preaching
  158. [Internet] Flamingo Road Church (Internet Campus), Cooper City, FL, 2pm (Arizona time) Sun. 8-10, Lead Pastor Troy Gramling preaching
  159. East Valley Bible Church, Gilbert, AZ, 4pm “Sunday Live” service, Sun. 8-10, Pastor of Church Multiplication and Development Tyler Johnson preaching
  160. Central Christian Church of the East Valley (Gilbert Campus), original campus in Mesa, AZ, “Third Format” service Sun. 8-10, Third Format Teaching Pastor Jeremy Jernigan preaching
  161. Fellowship of the Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX, 6pm Sat. 8-16, Senior Pastor Kerry Shook preaching
  162. Fellowship of the Woodlands, The Woodlands, TX, 7:30pm “Emerge” service, Sat. 8-16, Senior Pastor Kerry Shook preaching
  163. Lakewood Church, Houston, TX, 8:30am Sun. 8-17, Senior Pastor Joel Osteen preaching, with extended sharing by Co-pastor Victoria Osteen
  164. Second Baptist Church, Houston, TX, 11:11am contemporary service, Sun. 8-17, Gary Thomas, author and Director, Center for Evangelical Spirituality, preaching
  165. Ecclesia Church, Houston, TX, 5:30pm Sun. 8-17, Elder Jack Wisdom preaching