Parish History

In the winter of 1958 a number of Greek Orthodox Christians met to discuss their common need for a parish in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Within the first year worship services had begun at the Crow Island School in Winnetka.

On the 25th of March 1960, the new community was granted an ecclesiastical charter from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America. In 1963, groundbreaking ceremonies and blessing of the site took place with Bishop Meletios officiating. On November 15, 1964, the first Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the new church in Glenview.

Rapid growth followed and prompted the construction of the Community Center, completed in 1974, adjacent to the Church. The Church of Saints Peter and Paul was consecrated on November 19, 1978 by Archbishop Iakovos.

Using English in the Divine Liturgy has been a consistent hallmark for meeting the needs of parish families. A strong Church School program from the parish beginnings continues to the present and in the 1980s our parish evolved to include a strong focus on Youth Programs and associated staff leadership.

Since its founding, Saints Peter and Paul has been a parish of growth and inclusion. We believe in creating an environment and a community that welcomes not only those of Greek descent, but also Orthodox Christians from other diverse ethnic backgrounds, couples in interfaith marriages, and seekers hoping to learn more about Orthodoxy.