A Neighborhood Church
Here at North Parkway we are called to F.E.L.L.O.W.S.H.I.P.
1. FOCUSED Missionally
2. ENGAGED Creatively
3. LOVE Radically
4 Help People LEARN Enthusiastically
5. Well ORGANIZED
6. Help People to WORSHIP Holistically
7. Help People to SHARE Generously
8. Help People to HONOR Biblically
9. INSPIRE Strategically
10. Help People to PRAY Powerfully
Our mission is be A Neighborhood Church in Pekin through our F.E.L.L.O.W.S.H.I.P.
TO BE A CHURCH where the hurting, depressed, discouraged, disappointed, despondent, broken, wounded, and overwhelmed can find help, hope, love, forgiveness, counsel, and support
TO BE A CHURCH that lives the Great Commandment and is active in the Great Commission – reaching out to the thousands of residents in the greater Pekin area.
TO BE A CHURCH that welcomes new members into our family and creates an environment of learning, laughing, and loving together in harmony.
TO BE A CHURCH that intentionally grows people SPIRITUALLY through various programs, ministries, focus groups, home groups, seminars, and retreats. We see a church that enables people to maximize their Christianity at home, work, school, and within their local community.
TO BE A CHURCH that provides an opportunity for every member of God’s family to be a minister by discovering their SHAPE (Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experience) and walking with them through a process that identifies a life-mission in God’s family.
TO BE A CHURCH where God is calling, equipping, and sending pastors, teachers, prophets, apostles, evangelists, and missionaries to serve in our city, state, nation, and world. We want to carry the gospel message, comfort the brokenhearted, and “proclaim freedom to the captives who will be set free” – Isaiah 61:1. We see a church that, because of our health and growth, will support sister churches at home and abroad-sending members on short-term missions trips.
TO BE A CHURCH with modern and attractive facilities at our main campus (1209 North Parkway) that will: 1) INCLUDE a multi-function worship center for hosting a variety of Christian events-church productions, concerts, comedians, and special conferences. 2) Facilities that will provide opportunities for life coaching, counseling, addiction recovery, and partnering with our community’s war on poverty, homelessness, and various social difficulties that are present in our city. 3) Facilities that will house a Day Center, where meals and social assistance will be available for the hurting, homeless, and broken. Providing effective ministry 24-7 for the WHOLE person-spiritually, emotionally, physically and socially!
How it all began…
Our church was established in 1924. The congregation grew and moved three times before settling into our current facility. We moved to our current location in 1974 (1209 North Parkway). We held another church in South Pekin for a short time.
In 2000, we purchased the former Elks Club building in downtown Pekin, to reach the Youth of Pekin through a youth center. It was sold in 2016 and we purchased the Old Knights of Columbus building at 715 N 11th St as a community center for our Café ministry and youth ministry.
In 2015 we changed our name to North Parkway Assembly of God to reflect our missional mindset of being “A Neighborhood Church”
Currently, our Lead Pastor is Darin Shorey. Having arrived in February 2015. Pastor Darin is one of many Pastors that have been called to serve NPAG. Below is a list of our rich heritage:
Darin L. Shorey 2015 – Current
David A. Carrington 2006 -2014
Quinn McKenzie 2000 -2006
Duane Moraine 1994 -2000
Gene Gilmore 1988 -1994
Darwin Heuser 1987-1988
Ronald A. Callahan 1972 -1987
Clarence E. Richeson 1950 -1972
Thomas Meade 1946 -1987
Robert Patrick Poland 1942 -1946
Ralph E. Price 1941-1942
Glenn Utley 1940 -1941
Hazel Reed and Evelyn Bertram 1939 -1940
Shannon Sanders 1934 -1939
Harry Stemme 1932
Mrs. Mabus 1932
Arthur S. McKinley 1928 -1931 / 1933 -1934