Our History

The story of NFBC begins in 1985 when a group of young, Filipino, born-again believers began to meet for prayer in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. As they committed themselves to prayer, discipleship and the sharing of the Gospel, the Lord blessed them in adding family members and friends to their number.

This growth confirmed in them a need for a Filipino church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. They brought this need to the Elk Grove Baptist Church and its affiliation, the Midwest Baptist Conference (MBC). In response, the MBC contacted Pastor Godfrey Catanus who accepted and became the missionary/pastor of the church-to-be.

On January 3, 1988, the church held it first worship service. With 35 charter members, the church was formally recognized by and accepted into the Midwest Baptist Conference and the Baptist General Conference on May 20, 1988. With no facilities of their own, the church began to meet on Sunday evenings in the gym of Elk Grove Baptist Church. Yet, because God was blessing their ministry, the need for a building of their own became more evident.

After months of praying and meeting in different venues, the church's prayers were answered on November 11, 1992 when the church acquired another church's 2.4-acre property in West Elk Grove. Through the financial help of BGC's Cornerstone Fund, God performed one of many miracles in the life of NFBC. Consequently, the church took all opportunities available to expand their work in the Kingdom.