About Us


Join Us for SERVICES
Join us for worship Sundays, 9 to 10 a.m. (contemporary blended) and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (relaxed traditional). Kingswood is located at 401 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove

Our MISSION is to follow Christ as we LOVE God, SERVE Others and BUILD Sacred Community

Our VISION is to be a vibrant and diverse community that through Christ, serves all people, renews lives, and creates change—both locally and globally.


  • Growing
  • Serving
  • Forgiving
  • Worshiping
  • Welcoming
  • Including
  • Connecting

A Brief History of Kingswood UMC

The Northern Illinois Conference Board of Missions and the First Methodist Church of Arlington Heights saw a need for a new church in the Buffalo Grove and Wheeling area. The Board of Missions purchased six acres of land, including a stone house and a frame machine shop for the purpose of using it to organize a new Methodist congregation.

In June 1963, Clark Holt was appointed as the organizing pastor. 75 persons attended the first worship service on September 8, 1963 with the support of First Church in Arlington Heights. Most of the preparation of the machine shed for worship was done by prospective members of the newly emerging congregation. The church was chartered on April 12, 1964 as an official Methodist congregation. It became fully self-supporting by January 1, 1967. The church later adopted the name of Kingswood, a school started by John Wesley, founder of Methodism, for children of miners and Methodist preachers in Bristol, England. After the denominational merger in 1968, the church became Kingswood United Methodist Church.

Because of steady growth, a new building was built and opened in September of 1969. This building included a sanctuary for 250 people, pastor’s study, church office, crib nursery, kitchen, washrooms, and the Fireside Room which serving as dining and meeting rooms.

Growth continued and more space was needed. In September of 1978, a building addition was completed. This included 11 classrooms, a music room, two offices, a kitchen and a gymnasium. Sanctuary seating was increased to 350. In 1980, Grace UMC of Prairie View was linked to Kingswood for expanded ministry. The church later merged into Kingswood and the facility was sold. In 1997-98, another addition was added including several classrooms, renovations of the sanctuary and Fireside room, and new hallways.

Kingswood Church focused on serving others and the community from its very beginning. Mission and outreach are a basic part of our identity along with dynamic worship and Christian education for youth and children as well as adults. We have been very committed to interfaith and ecumenical relationships being a founding member of the Northwest Suburban Interfaith Council and being the initial home for several synagogues in our area. We have a food pantry, Thrift Store, Medical Lending Closet, and an active PADS homeless ministry. We also have annual youth and adult mission trips as well as local mission projects and initiatives. The church has also done international mission to Liberia, Jamaica, and The Philippines. It helped build a congregation in The Philippines which is also called Kingswood.

In 2013, the congregation approved a new vision plan which restated our mission to LOVE God, SERVE others, and BUILD sacred community. The plan called us to strengthen worship, reduce our mortgage debt, increase our local mission outreach, expand our technology and social media capabilities, embrace the growing diversity of our community, and to reach new people in life-changing ways. It is an exciting and wonderful time to be at Kingswood as we move forward for our next 50 years.