Our Church had its beginning in the old “Averyville” neighborhood of Northeastern Peoria, along Adams Street near the Illinois River. In the 1970’s our Church moved across the River to its present Spring Bay Road location, but still retained the identity of our name, “Averyville Baptist Church.”
Over the years our Church has been known for its Bus Ministry, with routes that have crisscrossed the Peoria area, bringing boys and girls to Sunday School to hear about how “Jesus Saves.”
For many years our Church was the home of Fellowship Baptist College where young men and women came from all over the nation to get a tuition-free, Bible College education and train for the ministry. Preachers and missionaries and their wives, trained here at FBC, literally span the globe today continuing the work of Christ they were taught to do here at Averyville Baptist Church.
Our Pastor, David Coyle, and his wife Brenda, are 1983 graduates of Fellowship Baptist College. After Pastoring the First Baptist Church in San Jose, Illinois, Pastor Coyle returned to Averyville Baptist Church to become the Assistant Pastor and Music Director of the Church in 1986. He ministered in that position for five years serving under former Pastor Jack Gwinn. In 1991 Pastor Gwinn resigned and the Church voted to make David Coyle their Pastor. He continues to serve in this capacity today.