Forty years ago Jay Stream had a dream. Maybe it was to create the perfect community or perhaps it was to make a financial killing by growing houses out of farmland. In either case he succeeded.
As he began his quest for Utopia, a minister friend from Wheaton challenged Mr. Stream to do something for the souls of the people in his new town. Within a year after completing his first house in the new subdivision, he began work on attracting new churches. He was even offering free property to congregations that would make Carol Stream their parish. One church that he contacted was First Baptist of Wheaton. Though First Baptist’s location was only a few miles from the hub of Carol Stream’s humble beginnings, in those days the intersection of Gary and Thunderbird seemed like it was in a different world from the well-rooted, tree-lined community of Wheaton. Besides, the church in Wheaton knew that Carol Stream needed to establish local churches which understood and ministered to the people of their own community. It is always best to worship with your neighbors.
First Baptist accepted the challenge to plant a congregation in the new community, but did not accept the offer for property. Instead, the church decided to start right where Carol Stream began. First the church met in a house at Gary and Thunderbird and then in the old library on Blackhawk. Finally, the new congregation purchased a model home/office of Mr. Stream and the Durable Development Company along with several adjacent lots. In 1961 the church building was erected and the Carol Stream Baptist Church became the first church building completed in Carol Stream.
For 32 years the Carol Stream church served the community through Sunday School, AWANA, Vacation Bible School, providing a polling place for voting, and even as a temporary classroom for the local public school during expansion. The church watched the first wave of families grow up and move out as well as the whole village population and boundaries swell.
In 1992 the Carol Stream church had a new beginning. The teaching, commitment to God’s Word, and burden for the Village stayed as it always had and the name was changed to Fellowship Church of Carol Stream. The tradition of a community-minded church went on with a renewed excitement and vision. Today Fellowship is made up of families and individuals from the Carol Stream area.
Located deep in the heart of Carol Stream near the intersection of Gary and Thunderbird, Fellowship Church carries on the tradition of a community-minded Church dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the people of Carol Stream.