Our History

Richwoods started with a group of 25 people meeting in September of 1967. Our first building on Terra Vista Avenue in Peoria’s Richwoods Township was dedicated July 25, 1976 and occupied for 32 years.

Our Knoxville Campus building was dedicated on July 27, 2008, we transitioned into a multisite church with the launching of our East Campus in East Peoria on January 23, 2011 and our Parkway Campus in Pekin launched in August of 2014. We dissolved our East Campus in September of 2015, yet we are looking for where God will create a new opportunity for us to launch a third campus.

We are an independent, non-denominational church unified with the Restoration Movement which has roots back to 1801.  The movement was a call to unify churches based on the essentials of the New Testament: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.”  Some other hallmarks of Christian Churches are the celebration of communion at every worship service and baptism by immersion as instructed in the New Testament.


The Restoration Movement (also known as the American Restoration Movement or the Stone-Campbell Movement, and pejoratively as Campbellism) is a Christian movement that began on the United States frontier during the Second Great Awakening (1790–1840) of the early 19th century. The pioneers of this movement were seeking to reform the church from within  and sought “the unification of all Christians in a single body patterned after the church of the New Testament.”It has been described as the “oldest ecumenical movement in America” Source: Wikipedia