1400 Troy Road, Collinsville, Illinois 62234
For you were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light.
The church of Christ is a nondenominational congregation of Christians that base their worship, service, and being on the principles found in God's word, the Holy Bible. We follow no creed but Christ, no manual but the Bible, and no authority spiritually but God. Our house of worship (church building) address is 1400 Troy Road Collinsville, Illinois 62234 (just west of RP Lumber in Troy, Illinois). Another landmark is Exit 17 on Interstate 55, about 17 miles east of St. Louis, MO.
The following is an excerpt from the February 1962 membership directory.
"The Collinsville Church of Christ met for the first time on April 8, 1956, for Sunday morning services. The congregation at this time consisted of Bro. Stumne and family; Bro. Carmen and family, and Sis. Rossio and daughter.
The original meeting place was 819 Bond in Collinsville, the home of Bro. Stumne, which he rented with the intention of holding services in it.
Services were held in this place for approximately three months, at the end which time, the congregation had increased by three families and two girls were baptized.
During the latter part of June, the Church rented a house on Vandalia Ave., for worship services. While meeting on Vandalia Ave., one family joined the congregation and one family moved away. Services were held at this place about for about two-and-a-half months. At the end of this time, the property was sold and the Church was forced to move. Being unable to rent another place services were move to the home of Bro. Gallimore. Two families joined the congregation while at Bro, Gallimore's, making a total of eight families. Near the end of October, the property at 302 St. Louis Road, CollinsviIle, was contracted for. The Church took possession in Dec. '56 and services were moved to this address. The property consisted of a two-story dwelling, three rooms upstairs, four rooms downstairs and a fulI basenent. In the spring of '57, the building was remodeled, converting the lower part into an auditorium with a seatlng capacity of 100.
The Church has since purchased the building on the corner of CIay &, Hesperia.
We are fortunate to have, a fulI-time minister, Bro. Windle Kee, working with us at present . Since beginning services the church has grown from three families to forty-one families and the attendance has increased from 13 to around 125."
The growing church demanded larger facilities by 1968. Property was purchased and a larger facility was built between Collinsville and Troy at 1400 Troy Road, the South Frontage Road. In the late 1980's that facility was renovated and expanded. In the late 1990's the property was annexed by the city of Troy, Illinois.
The church has a long history of serving the communities around her. The church keeps a stocked food pantry for those who need it. A clothing give away is also conducted at least once a year. Meals on wheels were provided for nearly twenty years in the 1970's and 1980's. A "Thursday School" program provided for children in the 1970's through the early 1990's. Many will also remember the bus ministry of the 1970's.
The church has been a mission minded church. For many years it oversaw the work of Windle Kee's son, Paul, who served as a missionary to Cameroon, Africa. Other mission efforts include support to missionaries in Russia and the Far East, as well as suppored a prison ministry in Missouri. From time to time the church provides supports for one-of-a-kind personal evangelistic and mission efforts to within the USA and and international locations.
As is set out in the Bible, we are not connected with any denominational organization, ruling convention, or national or world headquarters. Our headquarters is in heaven with Jesus as our head. The Bible authorizes elders to serve in the capacity of overseers or bishops (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9). We have such men who serve faithfully as elders. They have charge of seeing that the church of Christ faithfully holds to the precepts of the Bible in teaching, service and worship.
The New Testament church was served by deacons, men who helped meet the needs of the church. One example of how deacons served is found in Acts 6:1-6. We have qualified men presently serving in this capacity (1 Timothy 3:8-13). They work diligently to serve this congregation of Christians in accordance with the guidance given in the Bible.
Our worship is patterned after the simplicity of New Testament worship as outlined in the Bible. We strive to follow the instruction given by Paul, "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Colossians 3:17, NKJ). Therefore, when we assemble on the first day of the week, we participate in communion, eating the Lord's supper, as the early church did (Acts 20:7). We, also, have a period of preaching from God's word, as Paul did at the Troas church (Acts 20:7). Our singing is without piano, guitar, or other such instrumentation, since the New Testament church was authorized only to sing as they assembled to worship God, not to play instruments (Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16). We offer prayers to God with praise and adoration (1 Corinthians 14:15). Those who are members also contribute of their means to support the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 16:1-2).