Our History

church in ChicagoSouthBridge Church was created by the historic merger of two churches: Lightpost Church in Orland Park and Southwest Community Church in Palos Heights.

Lightpost Church (formerly Salem Baptist Church, formerly Swedish Baptist Church), dates back to 1885 on Emerald Avenue in Chicago. Two geographical moves and name changes later, the church’s presence in Orland Park has been a strong one, noted for its outstanding youth, sports, and children’s programs. The tall, white, circular design of the building has served as an Orland Park landmark for almost 30 years.

Southwest Community Church was a non denominational Christian church started from scratch in 2000. The church quickly grew and gained a reputation for drawing 20-somethings, appealing to people who have never been to church before, and participating in and hosting community and charity events.

Now one non denominational Christian church, Southbridge Church is a true multi-generational church, encompassing every age group. We believe that our merger has given us greater resources, generational diversity, and stronger programs in order to better serve families and the community.


Our Stories

church Orland HillsThe stories of people’s changed lives are hard to convey in a paragraph or two. Many have met and married their spouses here. Life long friendships have been forged. Those unemployed have found jobs through friends at the church.

Then there are the stories of people’s hearts. Some who’ve given up on God and church after their parent’s divorce are trusting God again. Others who never went to church before have discovered His grace and love. They believed in “a God,” but now feel they know Him personally.

Those who moved into the area for the first time now have a supportive group of positive friends to journey through life’s changes with. Many have found the next step of their faith at SouthBridge. Having grown up in CCD, Sunday School, or youth groups, their faith took a back seat to the dizzying changes that young adulthood brought. Sunday School, CCD, and youth group all related to their lives at that age, but then lost meaning in the grown up world until their path crossed God’s again at SouthBridge.

You may be reading this and wondering, “Where do I fit in?” The story isn’t over yet. We want you to know that our doors are open to you no matter what your religious background (or lack of one), age or race- even if you don’t consider yourself religious. We invite you to visit us soon and help us write the next chapter of the SouthBridge Story.