After graduating from Florida Bible College, Dr. Scudder and his wife, Linda, moved to Chicago to begin their ministry. In 1971, full of faith and with a burden for souls, Dr. Scudder began an independent Bible-believing church on Fullerton Avenue in Chicago and called it the Chicago Bible Church. This storefront church (as pictured above) was the beginning of an incredible vision that would lead untold thousands to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Property was soon purchased on Quentin Road in Palatine, Illinois, thus giving the name Quentin Road Baptist Church. It was on these five acres that Dr. Scudder began not only the Quentin Road Christian School for grades K-12, but also the Dayspring Bible College.
Due to the steady and increasing growth of both the church and schools, it became apparent that a larger building was needed. Stepping out on faith, the church bought 40 acres of farmland in Lake Zurich, incredibly enough, still located on Quentin Road just 8 miles north. The 24,000 square foot multipurpose building was built entirely by the dedicated men and women of the church.
In 1985, the Quentin Road Christian Preschool began with a handful of children. Parents from all over Chicago’s northwest suburbs began enrolling their 3 to 5 year olds in this year-round program. Now with nearly 1,500 children enrolled annually, it has become one of the nation’s largest Christian preschools.
With so many activities in a growing church, including the sports programs of the Christian schools, as well as other youth programs, there arose a need for a multipurpose facility with a gymnasium. Once again, the men and women of the church pitched in to build a 12,000 square-foot, full-size gymnasium, complete with a beautiful wood floor and locker rooms. The gym quickly became a favorite spot for fans of the Quentin Road Eagles volleyball and basketball teams as it hosted many tournaments and close games with its Christian school rivals. This facility also houses the digital printing press, graphic arts studio, customer service department, and shipping department of InGrace Ministries.
In the fall of 1992, Dr. Scudder, along with his dedicated church family, began to pursue the possibility of spreading the clear Gospel of grace through television. On May 16, 1993, the Quentin Road Bible Hour television broadcast aired for the first time.
The radio program, Victory In Grace, aired for the first time on April 13, 1997. Over the years, many lives have been changed because of the verse-by-verse expository preaching of Dr. Scudder and his love for the clear Gospel message. (The show was later renamed InGrace.) InGrace is now seen on many local and international networks.
With many different growing ministries, the present facilities of Quentin Road became too small and a 76,000 square-foot auditorium and multipurpose building was completed in 1997, again by the faithful members of Quentin Road Baptist Church. Housed in this new addition are a 3,000-seat auditorium, a large commercial kitchen and cafeteria, a second gymnasium, a swimming pool, an indoor playland for the preschool children, administrative offices, and editing studios for the InGrace Publishing and Broadcast Ministries.
In 2012, Dayspring Bible College and Seminary, in partnership with the Quentin Road Baptist Church, purchased a 13.5-acre campus. This beautiful property has 7 buildings, including 2 large dormitories, a gymnasium, a brand new commercial kitchen, a cafeteria, an academic building, and married student apartments. It is less than 5 miles from the church’s 43-acre campus. God performed many miraculous acts that have allowed us to acquire this beautiful property, which is completely surrounded by hundreds of acres of woods and trails. This miracle of God is going to advance Dayspring to a new level as we train the next generation of servant-leaders for the Lord.
On September 18, 2016, Dr. Scudder and Linda retired after 45 years of faithful service at Quentin Road. In a memorable farewell celebration service themed “Well Done” Dr. Scudder commissioned his son Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr., to assume the position of senior pastor. The commemorative sword, seen in our lobby, was presented to Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr., as a symbol of passing on the leadership of the church and with a challenge to stand on the eternal Word of God.