Curt Teesdale was born in Central Illinois. After being saved at the age of 32, He served in his local church until God called him to preach. After 5 years at Fairhaven Baptist College, he served as an assistant pastor under Pastor Kit Potter in Bear Lake Michigan. God then called him to Chicago where he started Independent Baptist Church in 1997. In February of 2008 the meeting place of IBC and residence of Pastor Teesdale was damaged due to a fire. In looking for a meeting place the Lord directed him to Garfield Ridge Baptist Church. After much prayer both congregations voted to merge the churches in July of 2008.