About Us

The Red Brick Church is a conservative, evangelical church located in Stillman Valley, IL only 10 minutes from the Rockford airport, 4 miles from Byron. People attend our church from Ogle, Winnebago, and Boone counties. Some of the communities represented in our church include Rockford, Cherry Valley, Oregon, Byron, Davis Junction, Winnebago, and the Rochelle area.

Though our church was founded in 1858, we continue to be as passionate as ever about the centrality of Christ and the sufficiency of His Word. Our purpose is to glorify God and maximize our joy by growing an extended family of fully-devoted followers of Christ. To that end, we want to be a local church where the truth comes into lively intersection with life — That means that on the one hand we will be true to the Word, but on the other we will consider what it means for how we live.

Even though our church is over 150 years old, in recent years, we have enjoyed exciting growth, especially with young families. At the same time, we continue to have a very active ministry for seniors.

The focus of our church is on our Sunday morning worship service where our pastor preaches biblical sermons that are relevant for life. But there are many other opportunities to participate in our active youth and children’s ministries, Bible studies, and other church events.

Doctrinal Statement

While our church is not formally affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), we have adopted the EFCA doctrinal statement as our statement of faith.

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel’s promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.
We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.
We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.
We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

Meet Our Pastors

Chris Brauns

Chris Brauns has been the pastor at the The Red Brick Church since January of 2005.

Chris is the author of Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds, published by Crossway (2008) (Endorsements), When the Word Leads Your Pastoral Search: Biblical Principles and Practices to Guide Your Search, published by Moody (2011) (Endorsements) and Bound Together: How We are Tied to Others, in Good and Bad Choices, published by Zondervan (2013) (Review 1, Review 2).

Chris has written numerous articles including “Packing Unforgiveness,” and “Be Visibly Devoted to Be Pastorally Placed.”Chris frequently speaks and preaches in a wide variety of settings. He led a panel discussion at the 2011 Gospel Coalition national conference, is an Interviewee for a series of questions on Christianity.com, and was a keynote speaker for a national Peacemaker conference.

Chris and his wife Jamie have four children: Allison, Christopher, Benjamin, and Mary Beth. You can read more about Chris's background on his website.

Tim Michalek

Tim joined Red Brick in 2014 as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Worship. He and his wife Amy have three children: Sophie, Moses, and Amos. Tim studied church music in college and Bible in graduate school. He is currently working on an additional degree in education. After spending two years teaching at a Bible college in the Caribbean, Tim and Amy moved back to the states and began a sewing business on Etsy. Tim quit his job and began sewing full-time. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel by Red Brick in August 2016. He has a passion for foreign missions and hopes to someday be a part of bringing the gospel to an unreached people group.