"Go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded" (Matthew 28:18-20).
All throughout history, the God of the Bible has raised up people to accomplish His plan of letting the world know that He is real, that He loves us and that He has created each of us for a specific purpose. In 1999, God began to stir and prepare the heart of Kirt Wiggins, in ways which would eventually lead him into starting Pathway Community Church.
At the time, Kirt and his wife, Jennifer, were serving as missionaries with International Teams, which allowed them the opportunity to travel to over 35 countries and see the power of God change lives and communities, everywhere they went. After seeing God's amazing power at work, all around the world, Kirt and Jennifer began to wonder and pray, "Why isn't the church in America growing the way it is around the world?"
It was out of this prayer that God planted the desire in Kirt to start a missional church--one that would be radically committed to the mission of Jesus Christ, and one focused on reaching those who didn't personally know Jesus Christ.
Over the next several years, while Kirt served in various pastoral roles, God continued to prepare him, as well as give both him and Jennifer an even greater desire and clearer vision for the kind of church He wanted them to start.
Once Kirt and Jennifer knew what kind of church they were to start, they prayed about where they were to do it. God made it clear that they were to start the church in Elmhurst--the community they had just recently made their home.
Although, at first, this didn't make sense to Kirt, he soon discovered that over half of Elmhurst residents did not attend church, regularly. Additionally, teenagers and college students were strikingly absent from the church - a fact that struck close to home as their oldest child was nearing his teenage years at the time. Believing that God was calling him and Jennifer to be a solution to these issues, they stepped out in faith with plans to plant a new church, and in the summer of 2005, God quickly raised up 40 people who shared the same vision.
With support from Oak Community Church, and Converge MidAmerica Church Planting, Pathway obtained the resources they needed, and had its first worship gathering in the York Theatre in downtown Elmhurst, on October 5th, 2005, and with that, the journey of pursuing true life together, began!
This journey continues, today, as God has enlarged our vision. Our desire is to reach every person in this area with the good news of Jesus Christ, to redeem these communities in practical ways, and to reproduce more churches, campuses, and disciples, all for the glory of God.