About our Church

Welcome to the website of Redeeming Grace Chapel! We would love to see you on Sunday morning! We meet at 9:45 at Kankakee Trinity Academy located at 1580 Butterfield Trail Kankakee, IL 60901. Take a look around our site to get a better feel for us!

To the Galatians - No other gospelPlease join us this Sunday morning as we preach through the book of Galatians!

Redeeming Grace Chapel is a congregation of Bible-loving, people-loving, Jesus-loving Christians who are seeking to follow after Jesus and to encourage one another along the way.  We cling to Jesus.  It is only through his powerful death on the cross and resurrection from the grave that we now live.  We praise God the Father whose architectural skills shine through the amazing blueprint of salvation that even before the foundation of the world He ordained that His Son would save us! We now live by the power of the Holy Spirit who works within us to make us more and more like our Savior.

Being a member of this church means more than mere pew-sitting, though we encourage any and everyone to do their fair share of it if they want to get a taste of what the gospel is all about.  No, membership at RGC is so much more.  It’s about discipling one another, it’s about loving one another with a laying-down-your-life-for-the-brothers mentality, and it’s about tough, yet tender, love.  Are we perfect at it?  No way!  But were the churches at Ephesus, Philippi, or Corinth?  Every church, with all of its imperfections, wrinkles, and spots, is dazzlingly beautiful in the eyes of the bridegroom Jesus Christ who is in the process of purifying his Church with the washing of the water and the Word.  There is hope for us yet!

At Redeeming Grace Chapel we cherish expository preaching, which is preaching through entire books of the Bible to see what God has to say to His people. As you might expect, this means that we encounter some tougher passages as we preach, but we wholeheartedly believe that all Scripture is God-breathed, inspired, and profitable. We value Gospel-centeredness in our faith and practice, because the Gospel is the very power of God for us not only in the beginning of our Christian walk, but for the rest of our lives. And lastly we love the presence of the entire family in our worship service on Sunday mornings. We do not believe that children are an inconvenience, but a blessing! It is a wonderful opportunity for parents to assume primary responsibility in raising their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord! We therefore relish the opportunity to come alongside parents to encourage and equip them in their task of raising their children well.

About our Pastor

Pastor Andy and Jenna Schmitz

Pastor Andy and Jenna Schmitz

Andy has lived all over the United States from New York, to Texas, to Ohio, to Alaska, and has now returned to Illinois where he is glad to be the Lead Pastor of Redeeming Grace Chapel. Andy is a 1st Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and is pursuing a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Andy and Jenna are both alumni of Olivet Nazarene University. Andy graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion. He loves his wife, Jenna, and loves continuing to pursue and date her, striving to love her like Christ loves the Church. Andy is a sinner who has been saved by the powerful, interrupting grace of Jesus Christ. While Andy was yet a sinner, the Son of God died for Him. This is Andy’s chief identity: a slave of God earnestly, yet imperfectly, pursuing joy in Christ. His favorite verse is Matthew 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Jenna complements Andy well by balancing him out. She makes sure that he isn’t so serious all the time, but that he’s also joyful in the Lord! Andy and Jenna love tossing a (regulation weight) frisbee and having people over for dinner and games!