Richland Southern Baptist Church is located at 2022 Springfield Road. It had its beginning in the spring of 1960 when the Morgan Street Southern Baptist church of Peoria voted to start a mission in the Richland Farms Addition of East Peoria. They rented a small store building at 222 Chicago St., East Peoria and Rev. Thomas Miller was called as the Chapel pastor. Since the store building only seated approximately thirty people, there was a need for a larger building. With the backing of the mother church, the Chapel purchased the Evangelical Brethren Church building at 200 Center Street. On Oct. 22, 1961, the Chapel constituted into the Richland Southern Baptist Church with 45 charter members signing the constitution. In the summer of 1963 the church purchased its first bus and added a bus ministry and became a four star church with a Sunday school, Church Training and Women’s Missionary Union.
On March 10, 1971, Springfield Road Baptist Church asked to come into the fellowship of Richland Baptist Church. They brought all their church properties, including a debt on a lot at 2022 Springfield Road, where they had planned to build a church. In August of 1971, a tent revival was held at the Springfield Road lot and in August of 1972, plans were approved for the construction of a building on that site.
August 1975, the church purchased an adjoining lot to satisfy city requirements for a building permit and broke ground on April 25, 1976 for a new building, with a large sanctuary seating approximately 350 people, eight classrooms, a large kitchen and fellowship hall. The first meeting in the new building was a Mother-Daughter Banquet held on May 21, 1977, and first Sunday service on June 6, 1977. November 1979, the church had the parking lot blacktopped, making it much nicer for day care and church families, as well as neighbors who complained of dust.
Richland Baptist Church is a member of The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) a Christian denomination based in the United States with more than 15 million members. Southern Baptist churches are evangelical in doctrine and practice. As they emphasize the significance of the individual conversion experience, which is affirmed by the person having complete immersion in water for a believer’s baptism, they reject the practice of infant baptism.
Compiled January 2019 by Frank Borror