About Copper Creek Church

Our church started in 2007 as a satellite campus of First Presbyterian Church in Champaign. After 5 years, we felt led to establish the satellite campus as a new church plant. And on September 9th, 2012 Copper Creek Church was officially commissioned as a new church. Our story has been a story of God constantly doing surprising new things in our midst. We look forward to seeing where the Spirit of God leads us going forward.

Our Vision and Mission

Vision: To be a home for those who have given up on church.

Mission: To create environments where people are inspired to pursue Deep Faith, Deep Relationships, and Deep Impact

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Who We Are

When we say anybody is welcome, we genuinely mean it - regardless of your politics, race, gender, sexuality, tattoos, or bad habits - you are completely welcome here. We celebrate the unity in our diversity. We absolutely affirm women in every level of ministry. We love having fun together. We work hard to create a safe, casual, and comfortable environment - AND we challenge each other to love God with everything we’ve got. We love hard questions, too. We won’t tell you exactly what you are supposed to believe about every little thing. But we’ll help you become the kind of person who knows the heart of Jesus. In fact, we are shamelessly all about Jesus. And we are deeply committed to reaching out to our friends and neighbors who are walking away from Jesus. Because we know we find real life in him!

Deep Faith

Know your own story. What difference has Jesus made in your life?

Deep Relationships

Share your story. Build relationships with people outside the church and pray for a chance to tell them about the hope you have because of Jesus.

Deep Impact

Find a way to expand your story by serving. We are about making a real difference that is lasting and life-changing.

Core Value

We have one core value: Jesus Christ. We are Jesus people who are doing our best to know, love, and follow him, and to love the world like he did. Everything else we do flows out of that! Because Jesus is worth living for, there are several things worth fighting for. We call these things the “Main Things.” There are certainly other things that are important to us. It’s just that these are the things that matter most.

The Main Things

When we say, “Welcome Home,” we mean it. We believe that every single person is of infinite value to God. So, we are committed to being a welcoming place for every person. This also means that we won’t let you be a stranger for long. We know that to really feel at home, you need to get connected.
We believe spiritual growth happens best in community. We just aren’t interested in being a place where people get together for an inspiring service but never move beyond casual, arm’s length relationships. We want to grow by genuinely “doing life together.” Real community is knowing and being known, loving and being loved, celebrating and being celebrated, serving and being served.
We believe we can’t become what God has called us to be unless we can be real with each other. CCC is a real home for real people who have all kinds of real struggles. We talk about real life issues. No perfect people allowed here. Got flaws, struggles, and challenges? You’re our kind of person.
We believe God calls all kinds of people, women and men alike, to serve him in every way. We also think that serving others is one of the best ways to learn about Jesus who came to serve us! We expect every member of our church to serve in some capacity. In a healthy home, every member of the family does something. Here, we say, “Find the thing that God made you to do… and jump in!”

If you are around our community for very long, we expect that your life will start to change. We think you should expect this too. If we stuck a sign outside, it might say “Lives Changed Here.” We expect every person in our community to constantly be moving closer to reflecting the complete image of Christ in every area of life. This is a safe place for everyone. But safe doesn’t mean comfortable. The answers aren’t always comfortable. In fact, we often grow only when we are pushed out of our comfort zone.
We love the Bible! We know it is hard to understand and easy to get wrong. So, we work hard to figure out how the words in the Bible are relevant for our lives today. Above all else, we know that the whole Bible has one main purpose: It points us towards Jesus. You’ll hear us talk about the Bible a lot, because we know that’s where we’ll get to know Jesus.
We believe that God has planted us here (individually and as a church) to serve the world around us. Our city has many challenges and we are convinced that God has called us to be a part of the solutions. When it comes to being involved in the city, we expect every person in our CCC community to find their passion and to get involved.

What makes us unique?

One of the things that we think is unique is that CCC is a church where generations and different demographics worship and grow together.  We celebrate being the FAMILY of God by meeting together in Community Groups that combine kids, parents, singles, young married, retired, you name it.  This way, we all benefit from the wisdom, gifts, and energy of every different person.

Church in a box:

Our Sunday morning worship service meets at 10am in the YMCA on Windsor Rd.  We set up and tear down every part of the church experience every week.  We love meeting in a “public” space that we don’t own.  It’s a way of reminding ourselves that church isn’t a building.  It’s the people.  And church happens whenever and wherever we gather.

Our elders:

CCC is governed by a body of 9 ordained elders, elected from among the church members. This group meets at least monthly to pray, study, and discern what God is leading us to do and to be.  Elders are elected to 3 year terms with 3 elders rotating on and off each year. Our current elders are Karen Decker, Steve Hankel, Jenn Hinds, Dan Kaste, Debra Larson, Lanee Reichert, Dan Ryan, Jeff Scott, and Drew Tyler.

Our denomination:

CCC is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA) and is a member of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois.


If you decide to visit on a Sunday morning be sure to say hey to one of our staff members. They're a lot of fun and will be thrilled to meet you and hear your story. If you would link to contact one of them directly, feel free to send an email by clicking the corresponding button below.


Scott Keeble

Lead Pastor

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Dave Plemons

Executive Director/Family Ministry Coordinator

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Paige Stephens

Worship Director

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Melody Kane

Children’s Ministry Director

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Kristen Plemons

Youth Director

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2500 Galen Drive #13
Champaign, IL 61821