The North Avenue congregation grew out of a burden Emma Burgess carried in the 1930’s. Though attending Capital Avenue Church of God, she wanted to teach disadvantaged children of Battle Creek about Jesus. She soon reached not only the children but their parents with her strong Christian witness, her teaching and her loving service. For almost 30 years, the congregation struggled to find a good location and to meet weekly expenses.
In the late 1950’s, the congregation asked retired pastors Lee & Dorothy Sickal to share their vision and ministry experience. Pastor Sickal found land on North Avenue which the members paid for in one year. In 1961, they built their first church and became known as the North Avenue Church of God.
Since that time, several pastors have led the congregation to expand their facilities once a decade:
• a new sanctuary in the 1970’s,
• an education and day care facility in the 1980’s,
• a youth center in the 1990’s, and
• a gym, commercial kitchen and classrooms in 2003.
Due to the vision of our our Pastors, Staff, Board, and highly committed members, the congregation has grown steadily, and we now have two worship services each Sunday to serve those who come.
In autumn of 2006, the North Avenue Church fostered further church growth by planting Southwind Community Church in Harper Creek, which bore fruit for the kingdom, even though the church is no longer meeting in a Public format.
The North Avenue Children’s Center cared for hundreds of children during its history as one of Battle Creek’s premier day care facilities. Changing Regulations, and Financial struggles caused it to close in June 2017.
North Avenue Church has a rich and stable heritage. It is a heritage of commitment and courage, of faith and fortitude, and of sacrifice and service. We invite you to journey with us as we create a legacy of faithfulness for those who follow.