Rockford First Church changing its name

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A local church is changing its name to reach people beyond the City of Rockford.

Starting Sunday, January 29, Rockford First is changing its name to City First Church.

The church at Spring Creek and Mulford draws in thousands of people each Sunday in Rockford and now, they say they want to open other locations too. Church organizers say nothing will change about the current location besides the name.

"Everything stays the same here, the environment stays the same, the ministry stays the same, but we're just saying it's a new name so we can go bring more hope to more people," says Lead Pastor Jen Deweerdt.

The goal is to start up new locations in the Stateline in the next two years.