A Brief History of Highland Park Church
Highland Park Church was incorporated on January 4, 1949, by a group of about 130 folks who split from a mainline church. The church was committed to conservative Biblical faith from its inception.
The church was named Highland Park Church because the fellowship's original intent was to purchase property near Highland Park and construct its building there. Zoning problems thwarted the original plan, but the members wanted to retain the name of the church despite its location nearer to Foster Park.
That same year, 1949, the church bought the Conradt Mansion, a beautiful World War I vintage mansion at 516 West Sycamore Street. They converted the first floor to a chapel. The basement, originally a wine cellar, became the fellowship hall. The third floor had been built originally as a ballroom, but, along with the second floor, was turned into the pastor's family quarters.
In 1954, the main auditorium was constructed. It was added onto the mansion in such a way that the building appears to be one structure. In 1956, the church purchased the house at 502 West Sycamore Street for a parsonage.
The church reached its high mark numerically in the early 1960s, averaging just shy of 200 in the morning service. Its emphasis was foreign missions. A decline began in 1963 and continued for over twenty years. By the time our current pastor, Ed Vasicek, began his duties in late 1983, attendance was averaging in the 70s. The church was filled with older folk; only two couples could be labeled young adults. We now average 100 between the morning services.
Over the years, our ministries have included: children's church, Awana, Bible Clubs, children's choir, home flock groups, prayer chain, library, and the tabernacle replica ministry. We are proud that three families from our church have been called to the mission field and another family to the pastorate.
Our missionto reach people with the Gospel, to connect believers to one another and to God, and to deepen believersprovides us with a pinpoint direction. We are attempting to improve on all fronts, utilizing every attender as he or she is gifted and able. We are excited and positive about our future!
The videos in the Highland Park Church section of the library have been digitized. Here is a link to that collection.
Highland Park Church