After more than a century of being identified as “Baptist,” one Illinois church is ditching its denominational designation. The First Baptist Church of Geneva in Kane County will now be known as Chapelstreet Church. With the new name, the congregation is hoping to brush aside the “negative stereotypes” associated with the “Baptist” title.

“ ‘First’ is a historic reference to the first white church established in a city. ‘Baptist’ is a misunderstood term that in our culture brings with it negative stereotypes,” the church explained on its website. The leadership said the church’s name “should reflect who they are, align with their vision, and should not present any unnecessary barriers to people hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.” READ MORE