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  • is Presbyterian (PCUSA)
  • has an average worship attendance of 300

First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, IL

Our mission is to send well-equipped disciples of Jesus into the world, compassionate, resilient and wise.

Church description

Since 1859, Christians have gathered in Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago, to worship God, learn Christ’s way, connect with one another, serve neighbors in need and invite others into this joyful place.

When Presbyterians from Chicago founded this church, they were committed to creating something more than a spiritual refuge for themselves. Their plan included the founding of Lake Forest, an academy for boys and girls, and a college for the nurture of young people. This entrepreneurial dream continues to bear fruit in each of these institutions today, and we continue to enjoy a warm relationship with Lake Forest College.

Connecting in fellowship, study groups and service projects has always brought people together across social divides. Liberal and conservative, wealthy and modest, young and old have gathered together in this church. This welcome of all people was a crucial part of the founders’ vision, and remains so still.

Serving through mission is at the heart of the church and our members are active locally, nationally and internationally in efforts that profoundly impact the world for good. Our thriving adult education, confirmation classes, youth groups and children’s faith formation continue the rich legacy of life-long growth.

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