History

First organized March 13, 1898, as a Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church.

  • 1906 First full time Pastor

  • 1908 Land purchased at Hancock & Mifflin Streets

  • 1922 New Sanctuary completed, church renamed to Gloria Dei

  • 1923 Language change from Swedish to English

  • 1926 Name changed to Central Evangelical

  • 1963 New Messiah Church on Cottage Grove Rd held first worship service on Thanksgiving Eve

  • 1966 Messiah Church Preschool formed

  • 1990 Sanctuary remodeled

  • 2009 Expansion of Church, addition of new Sanctuary