Light of Christ was founded in Epiphany of 2007, when the church began meeting in the home of Jan and Michelle Anderson. The Andersons were traveling to Church of the Redeemer in Highland Park, IL, until William Beasley, the rector, encouraged them and another couple to begin an Anglican fellowship in Kenosha.
Father Eirik Olsen and his family, from Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, IL (where Eirik was an assisting priest), joined the fledgling congregation for Sunday morning worship services, which were soon moved across the street to a conference room in the Kemper Center. In Eastertide of the same year, the leadership team called Father Eirik to become the mission’s first priest.
When the congregation outgrew “the Upper Room,” services were moved to St. Mary’s Chapel, also at the Kemper Center. In Epiphany of 2011, Light of Christ officially became a parish. In spring of 2012, Light of Christ joined with other Anglican churches and became part of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In June of 2013, we officially became the Diocese of the Upper Midwest along with congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, with our own Bishop Stewart Ruch.
Our most recent development was the move from St. Mary’s Chapel to Simmons Gymnasium at–you guessed it–the Kemper Center. We are grateful to the Kemper staff for continuing to accommodate us, and that though we’ve grown we’ve been able to remain “at home” there.