Welcome in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church

Holy Cross has been a part of the greater Peoria area for over 50 years. Holy Cross exists for one purpose: To be faithful to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all people by baptizing and teaching everything our Lord commanded (see Mt.18:18-20). Our desire to remain faithful to our Lord led Holy Cross to the realization that she could no longer remain in fellowship with the The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) since the LCMS had abandon doctrinal purity and practice.

God is good and gracious to His Church and has raised up a group of faithful men who hold fast to His Word.  In 2006, the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America (ELDoNA) was organized. As stated, “The Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America is committed to the restoration and advancement of consistently Evangelical Lutheran doctrine and practice in harmony with the Sacred Scriptures and the Book of Concord (1580).” Pastor Handrich was accepted into membership on May 22, 2008 at ELDoNA’s 2008 Synod with Holy Cross as an affiliated congregation.

About Us

Pastor Handrich

Pastor Handrich has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from The University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Theoiogical Seminary - Ft. Wayne, IN.  Pastor is married to Paula and they have two grown daughters who are married.  Their older daughter, her husband, and son live in North Carolina.  Their younger daughter along with her husband and children live in the Peoria area.

After over 30 years of operating a child care center, Holy Cross sold the child care center along with the real estate in late May 2021.  We are currently meeting at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Peoria and are exploring several opportunites for relocation.

P.O. Box 4150, Bartonville, Illinois  61607

The Rev. Douglas O. Handrich - Pastor

The Divine Service - Sunday @ 12:30 p.m.

Currently meeting at:

Immanuel Lutheran Church

526 E. Washington St, East Peoria, IL