Our Story

Ridgeland Church has had many different eras as a church, dating all the way back to 1926. What began as a small group of people gathering in a second floor village meeting room in Argo, IL transformed into a thriving church in the southwest collar suburbs of Chicago. The church, originally Argo Church of the Nazarene, expanded and out grew four different locations in the Summit-Argo neighborhoods from 1926-1964.

In 1964, the church caught a vision of opening a day nursery in order to serve the growing number of mothers in the workforce. So, the church made the difficult decision to leave their neighborhoods in Summit-Argo and move to Oak Lawn in order to pursue the vision set before them. Since 1965, the church as been faithfully serving their neighbors through the, now, Little Lights Academy and various ministry within the church as well as in the community.

In November of 2020 the leadership of the church set out on a journey to relaunch as a church. We knew that if we were going to be healthy as a church and make an healthy and positive impact in our neighborhoods then we had to be something different than we had before and we have to do things differently than had ever been done before.

Over the course of 18 months the church asked the hard questions, went through a pastoral transition, pushed beyond our comfort zones, and challenged our creativity. Through this the church has adopted a new core conviction, values, mission, vision, common life, identity, and key focuses to relaunch our church that commits to serve our neighbors, create community, and change lives.