Eastview Christian Church

Normal, Illinois

Intentionally designed to not look like a traditional religious space, Eastview Christian church sits on a crest of hill among 95 acres of farmland. Beginning as a master plan and adding subsequent additions to address the growing congregation, the space now accommodates worship, teaching and recreation venues. 

Keeping with their intentionally non-traditional church aesthetic, Eastview Christian Church added an outdoor amphitheater to their expansive 95-acre campus in Normal, IL. The amphitheater features a combination of built-in and movable seating options to accommodate a variety of activities, from small-group gatherings and worship services to weddings.

  • 2,500 seat auditorium
  • Spacious public atrium
  • Cafe
  • Water feature
  • Family Life Center
  • Bookstore
  • Outdoor recreation space
  • Children's auditorium
  • Youth auditorium and gym
  • Children's nursery
  • Staff offices
  • Outdoor amphitheater and activity space
  • 60,000 pound witness rock
  • Gas fire pits
  • Multi-functional outdoor seating
The Challenge

How do we create a new campus master plan that allows a growing church to fulfill it's ministry purpose?

The Solution

A 25-year long growth and expansion plan. 

"When a church embarks on a new master plan, whether it is at an existing campus or a new location, you must have clearly defined priorities for where God is leading you and where you want to go."
- Mark Warren, Pastor of Guest Services, Eastview Christian Church
Sunday morning values, Saturday morning fun

Responding to the need for more space for children and youth, the church embarked on an expansion project to address their growing needs. The addition and redesign of spaces for pre-school through senior high youth provided several age-appropriate worship spaces, a multi-court gymnasium with configurations for worship and sporting venues, and the renovation of an existing gym to address the church's much needed space for weddings.

Asymmetric layout and playful ceiling fixtures create an imaginative, non-denominational space for the community's youth.

Multi-use space not only provides ample room for play, learning, and worship, but also allows for more effective supervision of children.

Among the notable features is a 60,000-pound Witness Rock.

The rock is a symbolic representation of the Bible verse of Joshua 24:27, which says, “‘See!’ he said to all the people. ‘This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.’”