LANSING, Ill. (March 21, 2021) – Pastor Thaddeus Searcy was near tears several times on Sunday morning, March 21. Having bought the old Illiana building (2261 Indiana Ave.) more than a year ago, with plans for an Easter 2020 opening, it was a relief and a joy and a victory for Freedom Church to finally be able to hold a worship service within its walls.
The church needed a Special Use permit to allow a church in a residential district. And a variance was required because Freedom Church would be located within 750’ of Oak Glen United Reformed Church. Lansing’s Planning and Zoning Board had agreed last March to recommend Village Board approval, but the pandemic altered Freedom Church’s timeline for occupancy. On March 16 of this year, both the Special Use permit and the variance were officially granted by the Village Board, in time for the March 21 service—Freedom’s first in-person meeting in more than a year, and their first Sunday service in their new facility.
Freedom Church’s address is 2261 Indiana Avenue, though the worship center parking lot on the south side of the building is accessible from Ridge Road, just west of Torrence Avenue. Worship services are planned for 10:30am on Sunday mornings and are also available for viewing online: