Place to Gather

Our Progress

December 24, 2021

Moved into the new facility!

the vision

LifeSpring is building a place to gather that will bless the neighborhoods, schools, & families in the greater Richmond Spring Grove Community.

What if...

What if the local church was the heartbeat of the community? Not only for church on Sundays, or limited to church events. What if the local church was the place people in the community wanted to come to gather?

A place to learn, play, serve, and just hang out.

LifeSpring Church and Community Center will be a place in the community where local residents come to gather. It will be a place where people come when there is a natural disaster either in their lives or throughout the community. The purpose of the facility, simply put, is to make disciples of Jesus Christ while at the same time blessing all the community.




  • Owner: LifeSpring Community Church
  • Project Manager / General Contractor / Developer: TCH Development
  • Civil Engineer: Gewalt Hamilton Associates
  • Architect: Newman Architecture
  • Surveyor: Vanderstappen Lands Surveying, Inc.
  • Septic Design: Infraland Consulting, LLC
  • Landscape Architect: Hitchcock Design Group
  • Well Consultant: Joseph Huemann & Sons

Site Location

The site is located at Route 173 and Siedschlag Road. We are excited about the possibility of LifeSpring Church and Community Center being located at such a visible and central location. This location will draw folks from Antioch, Richmond, Spring Grove, McHenry, Fox Lake, Johnsburg, and more.


A Place to Gather: Three Phases

A project of this scale and magnitude will be built in several phases as growth and finances permit. The following is the anticipated timeline for the development. As the project moves through the documentation and review process with the design team and municipality, LifeSpring Community

Church plans to enhance the existing property with the removal and maintenance of existing trees and shrubs around the property, particularly in the areas adjacent to property lines and detention area.

Phase One (DONE!)

Site Development

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Phase 1 will include the mass grading of the entire site. The Church would like to embark upon this work as soon as possible, ideally concurrent with the PUD approval process. The scope of work for this phase of the project would include below grade storm and sanitary utilities, crushed aggregate base course in all parking lot areas and drives, installation of walking paths and preparation of building pads for all buildings. Noted site utilities will be extended to the anticipated locations of future buildings. No pavement or curb / gutter would be installed as part of this phase.

Phase Two (DONE!)

Initial Church

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Phase 2 would be the construction of the initial church building approximately 16,000 sf in size. In addition to the building, site work would include the church portion of the septic field (portion of north field), maintenance building to the north, parking areas north and south of the church, and paving of primary access roads, perimeter site landscaping, landscaping surrounding the church and in finished parking lots, and the construction of the Rt. 173 entrance / exit drive. This phase would also include parking lot light lighting in completed areas, as well as campus and church monument signs.

Phase Three

Prayer Path

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The LifeSpring Prayer Path is a portion of the proposed overall Place to Gather campus that faces the water feature on the property. This beautiful area has been set aside as a place for prayer, meditation, quiet reflection, and environmental learning. The prayer path attempts to open our hearts, minds, and senses to communing with God. Read the full vision here.

Phase Four

Church Addition

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The final phase of the campus development will be the 2-story addition to the initial church building. The timing of this phase is undetermined at this point. This solely depends on the growth and needs of the church congregation.

Progress Updates

December 24, 2021

We moved into the new church facility just in time for Christmas Eve!

September 1, 2021

Poured flooring (watch video).

August 25, 2021

Installing face brick (watch video).

August 18, 2021

Ceiling wood installed.

August 13, 2021

Working on the roof.

August 11, 2021

Setting wood beams (watch video).

July 23, 2021

Stonemasonry on the exterior.

July 16, 2021

Steel beams installed.

May 24, 2021

Started installation of building walls See picture or watch the video here!

May 23, 2021

Memorial Service at the Place to Gather property for Bev Santeler and John Tahan. See picture.

March 30, 2021

Approval from village trustees.

March 29, 2021

Architectural Review Commission approved the building plans.

January 3, 2021

Fully Funded Phase 1 (Site Development) and Phase 2 (initial church building).

September 20, 2020

Breaking Ground Ceremony

September 1, 2020

At the village meeting on Sept 1st, Place to Gather was APPROVED by the Village of Spring Grove!

June 16, 2020

LifeSpring is on the agenda for July 15th, for one of the two Village of Spring Grove meetings where we are seeking final approval for the Place to Gather PUD (Planned Unit Development).’

February 19, 2020

Received approval for full access, for entry & exit to the property, off of 173

January 26, 2020

Place to Gather Celebration Luncheon, celebrating all that has been accomplished thus far, along with information updates & new people joining the cause.

December 4, 2019

Awarded our first grant for $9,000 from the Oldham Little Church Foundation for Sanctuary Chairs!

November 1, 2019

Required Tree Survey Completed & Association Team Formed

October 5, 2019

Lumberjack Fest and land clearing work

August 16, 2019

We gathered together for the Place to Gather Back to School Fest in order to raise funds for a community playground and walking paths at Place to Gather!

May 28, 2019

First campfire gathering on the Property

May 19, 2019

LifeSpring hosted a Place to Gather update and luncheon.

April 27, 2019

LifeSpring hosted our first Place to Gather 5K on the property in order to raise funds for a community playground and walking paths at Place to Gather!

July 4, 2018

Place to Gather 4th of July float in the Spring Grove 4th of July parade.

Summer 2018

Begin working with engineers and architect, developing the site plan

June 3, 2018

Kick-Off Celebration on Sunday morning at Lifespring

June 2018

Purchased land

April-May 2018

A dedicated core group of leaders pray and make Commitments to the Place to Gather Campaign

April 2018

Sermon Message series focusing on Place to Gather

March 2018

Engaged with the community at the Spring Grove Business Expo, seeking community needs, “What Can You Imagine?”

Spring 2018

Listening to the needs of the community through forums, surveys, statistics & conversations

February 20, 2018

Initial plan presented to the Spring Grove Village Board

January 10, 2018

Vote & decision to pursue land development

Late 2017

Found the land that would later, officially become the land-site