El Vista Baptist Church

Independent, Fundamental, Missionary, KJV Peoria, IL
El Vista Baptist Church

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6301 N Syler St
Peoria, IL 61615-2927

(309) 692-8675


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Who We Are

El Vista Baptist Church desires to glorify God by winning souls to Christ at home and abroad, to bring believers to maturity through Bible Preaching and teaching, and to enlist servants who give their best to advance the cause of Jesus Christ.

About Us

Down to Earth, Old-school, Friendly, Conservative, Lots of kids

Children's Ministry, Youth Group, School, Missions, Young Adults, Nursery

Traditional Hymns



English, Spanish, American Sign Language


Our Services

What are services like?
Our Sunday School is a graded program, including classes for Spanish speaking and the deaf. Or regular services feature a good mix of conservative, sacred music by the congregation, choir, and ensembles. Our pastor will bring a Bible message and extend an invitation for spitirual decisions to be made. All of our teachers and preachers use the King James Bible.

What is the community like?
We have between 150 - 200 in the morning services. 70-85 children and adults come on the buses. Average class size in Sunday School is 10, except the pastor's class may have as many as 30 adults. We have an ethnic mix (white, black, Asian, Hispanic) and a good variety of ages, maybe a little larger in the senior side.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Our Lord said, "Ye must be born again," so we are very open about seeking to win people to faith in Christ. Everyone is welcome to the sevices, but our desire is to see individuals surrendering their lives to Christ and following Him day by day.

Leadership View all

Joey Watt

Pastor Watt was saved as a young boy. His family belonged to El Vista Baptist Church at the time. He went to Bible College and Seminary at the old Tennessee Temple in Chattanooga. While there, he was pastor of the Wayside Baptist Church. He served for 7 years as pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Rochester, IN. On January 1, 1986, he began his ministry as pastor of El Vista Baptist Church. Phil Lancaster, also a Temple graduate, has served as assistant pastor and music director since 1981. He is originally from the Kalamazoo, MI, area.

What Members Say Add your voice

  • As pastor for nearly 35 years, I love the people and varied ministries at the church. We believe in sound Bible doctrine and preach to a diverse audience from the King James Bible. We livestream our services at facebook.com/elvistabaptist
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