The St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois, was created in September of 1978, when it held its first church service at Kimball Junior High School.
In 1979, St. Sophia moved into its current location, by purchasing the church building then owned by the First Assembly of God. The church, built in 1965, was purchased for $450,000. The adjacent lot to the west of the church was purchased in October, 1988, for $107,500.
In 1990, the Parish General Assembly approved a Master Plan that had been developed by the Long Range Planning Committee. Following the recommendations of the 1990 Master Plan, the parish broke ground on the first phase of the plan. This phase included building a Community Center, Kitchen, Foyer, Bathrooms and Administrative Offices. The cost of this project was $975,000. Financing was met entirely through borrowing which led to a mortgage of $1,175,000, after combining the new loan with the existing debt remaining from the purchase of the church in 1979 and the lot in 1988. Through God’s Blessings, the parish was able to pay off the mortgage in October, 2006.
Soon after, a building fund was approved by the General Assembly and was established in 2007 to set aside monies for a future new Church.
In 2008, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church retained the services of outside Parish Stewardship Development Consultants. Their task was to produce a Needs Assessment for the Church and its parishioners. The report was presented in February, 2009, to the General Assembly that showed the top needs of our community to be: More Space for Youth Ministries and Religious Education; and a Need for a Traditional Style Orthodox Church.
After several years of no further action, the Parish Council established a new Long Range Planning Committee in March, 2015, to review current needs and make new recommendations. In May, 2016, the committee presented a completely new Master Plan to the General Assembly, which was adopted with a unanimous vote. The first phase of that plan pointed out the highest priority to be the construction of a new byzantine style church, new classrooms, and new administrative wing.
This Capital Campaign and Project will fulfill Phase One of the 2015 Master Plan.