It Started With 23 People
“In the light of human history, only one factor can be seen as constant…God’s faithfulness.”
- Pastor Robb Thompson
In 1981, a group of 23 people began to gather above a local bank for a Bible study, taught by UPS driver, Robb Thompson. Week upon week, people would come to hear clear, concise teaching from the Word of God. Within a year, it grew to be over a hundred people. In January of 1983, this growing group of believers incorporated as The House of Glory and had their first church service at a restaurant in Tinley Park, IL. From the restaurant, they moved to a meeting room above a ceramic shop in Orland Park, IL. And from there, they moved to a warehouse in Crestwood, IL.
House of Glory
In 1985, this community of faithful believers outgrew the warehouse and built their first building, on Wolf Road in Orland Park. The church continued growing through Pastor Robb’s uncompromised teaching of the Word. Their motto, Where Love Never Fails, was not just mere words but, rather, a lifestyle demonstrated by both the leadership and the congregation. In 1988, the House of Glory changed its name to Midwest Christian Center and, two short years later, in July of 1990, the ever-growing congregation moved to the present church building in Tinley Park.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Pastor Robb said, “This facility has been erected to God… I’m interested in doing what God wants us to do while we’re here on this earth. And with these thoughts in mind, in the same way that Solomon dedicated the temple to the Lord…so we dedicate this building and cut this ribbon, that from this day forward, the Kingdom of God will be ministered here and people will come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”
In 1994, with focus on building strong families, Midwest Christian Center became Family Harvest Church. Growth continues to happen! Thousands of people, young and old, continue to regularly pass through the doors and encounter God in new and fresh ways. A thriving Bible college equips leaders daily, on the campus locally and online internationally. Opportunities grow yearly, with mission teams venturing worldwide to help the FHC churches and the FHC supported missionaries. Ministry is happening in places from nursing homes to homeless shelters to youth hostiles…youth ministering to young and old alike. Speaking engagements continually pour in for Pastor Robb to minister in the Chicagoland area and abroad.
Over the years, the locations and names have changed, but God’s faithfulness to this congregation has remained the same. Tens of thousands of lives have been impacted through Pastor Robb and Linda, the staff, and hundreds of ministry volunteers who faithfully pour their lives into others. What began as a small Bible study, more than 25 years ago, has impacted generations of believers.
“For the LORD is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:5, NIV