The Word of Life Baptist Church began in the hearts of God's people having a burden to make Christ known to our friends, family and to those in our neighborhoods. With a burden for the word of the Lord, we desired to begin a scriptural Baptist Church in Mattoon, IL. Tom, Lisa and Jessica Butler joined Victory Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas who became our sending church that supported us with their faithful prayers. With the Word of Life in our hands and hearts we began having prayer meetings on Wednesday nights in a member's home. Then the Lord blessed us with a facility where we held our first meeting on June 30, 2013. Since then the facility has been transformed into a place that is dedicated to the glory of the lord Jesus Christ. We are praying that the Lord will use these humble beginnings to save the lost and to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ through those that are committed to His service.