Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois - Mark Albrecht

Mark Albrecht is the founding pastor of NorthBridge Church in Antioch, Illinois which launched in 2001. He and his team have planted two other churches with Converge MidAmerica: Meadowland Church and New Hope Christian Community. Mark graduated from Calvin College and has a Masters of Religious Education from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mark is the Regional Church Planting Director for Northern Illinois. He and his wife Michelle have one son, Cody. Mark is a huge Cubs fan and has coached Little League for the past nine years!

Regional Vision:

One mission I have right now is to cast the vision for every church plant and every church to have a church planting resident.  Just recently, Pastor Russ Shearer launched Ignite Church in downtown Peoria. 175 people attended this grand opening service – praise God! But maybe even more exciting than the launch of this church is that alongside of Russ Shearer is Paul Seidl. Paul and his wife Stephanie already went through the Assessment Center and were approved for church planting. They are now doing a 1-2 year residency at Ignite. So now this two-month old church is already preparing to launch its first daughter church - Wow! We would love to cast vision for every church having a church planting resident.

Northern Illinois Hot Spots:
Chicago Suburbs, Peoria, Bloomington, Elgin, Rockford 

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