Moody Church Media


1858 - D.L. Moody established a mission Sunday School at North Market Hall in Chicago

1860 - On November 25, President-elect Abraham Lincoln visits D.L. Moody's Sunday School

1864 - D.L. Moody builds the Illinois Street Mission with a seating capacity of 1,500 for his unchurched converts, it is dedicated on December 30, 1864

1865 - D.L. Moody is elected president of Chicago's YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) and served in that capacity through 1871

1866 - J.H. Harwood is called as the first pastor

1871 - Illinois Street Church burns in the Chicago Fire. The North Side Tabernacle is organized to replace the destroyed building.

1873 - New building finished at Chicago and LaSalle

1876 - North Side Tabernacle is rededicated as The Chicago Avenue Church

1878 - First missionary commissioned: Fredrik Franson

1899 - D.L. Moody dies during an evangelistic crusade in Kansas City

1908 - Chicago Avenue Church is formally renamed The Moody Church

1915 - Temporary dirt floor tabernacle at Clark and LaSalle, seating 5,000 became the new meeting place

1924 - October 4: excavating for the new church building began

1924 - December 16: cornerstone for the new church building is placed.

1925 - November 8: New church facility dedicated (this is the current building)

1943 - Songs in the Night begins airing in the spring

1964 - Centennial celebration

1974 - Moody Church Hour radio program launches in January

1986 - Arsonist set fire to the pulpit/platform area of the sanctuary

1995 - May 1: the first episode of Running to Win airs on the radio (15-minute version)

2001 - By The Hand Club For Kids™ started

2003 - Moody Church Radio becomes Moody Church Media and live streaming of our Sunday morning service begins

2006 - Joint radio project with Radio Vocea Evangheliei in Romania, Alege astazi (Choose Today), begins broadcasting a translated version of Pastor Lutzer's sermons.

2007 - Christian Life Center dedicated 

2008 - May 5: the first 25-minute version of Running to Win airs on the radio

2011 - April 13: new website for The Moody Church launches

2013 - March 1: new website for Moody Church Media launches

2015 - Celebrating the Joy of Changed Lives 150th Anniversary Celebration