Adhering to the call and having a vision from God, Elder Robert G. Medley Sr., stepped out on faith and opened the doors of Progressive Church of God in Christ at 1231 E. Jackson St. in Springfield, Illinois, and began calling all to worship offically on December 3, 1984.
In May of 1988, due to a fire, the doors of 1231 E. Jackson were closed permanetly and the Progressive congregation was temporaily housed at 1405 E. Laurel in Springfield.
In August of 1988 our ground breaking ceremony was held at 17th and Ash St. and performed by the late Bishop Theodore T. Rose. In November of 1988 the building of Progressive was started and the first service was held on April 30, 1989.
Over 30 years later Progressive continues to serve as a strong corner stone of its community.
The church is the congregation of God. Within the congregation lies the foundation for unity. The image of the church is viewed as a community of disciples. This congregation is empowered to bring forth changes that would enable persons to experience the power of God through the presence of the Holy Ghost. The church is called by God to proclaim the good news that transforms lives and situations because the risen Christ is honored and served.