Eagan Hills Alliance Church
The vision and purpose of the Church is to equip the saints to service and to care for God's people.
The New Testament teaches that the local church is the visible organized expression of the Body of Christ. The people of God are to live and serve in obedience to the Word of God and under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
History of the Church
Our history is the story of seven churches, the mergers they experienced, and the thriving congregation that has formed in the process.
It all began in 1980 when Pastor Dave Stapf founded Open Bible Church. Open Bible church was a non-denominational Church committed to a clear Bible teaching ministry. The congregation met for worship on Sunday mornings at the Thomas Lake Elementary School in Eagan. On Sunday evenings they met at the Lutheran Church of our Savior in Rosemount.
In the spring of 1983, Pastor Randy Barrows founded Calvary Memorial Church which was affiliated to the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). The Church rented space for Sunday worshipping the Twin Oaks Office Complex at 5972 Cahill Avenue in Inver Grove Heights.
During the summer of 1983, shortly after starting Calvary Memorial Church, Pastor Barrows met Pastor Stapf. The two pastors began to feel God's leading to join these two churches together. By the fall the two churches merged and formed a new Calvary Memorial Church. The church retained its affiliation with the C&MA. Both Pastors remained on staff and the congregation held worship services in a rented facility at 4040 Beau D'Rue Drive in Eagan.
In 1986 the congregation purchased eleven acres of land at 700 Diffley Road. The church celebrated its new facility on Christmas Eve 1987. In 1989 Pastor Barrows resigned and assumed a pastorate at Grace Community Church in Ramsey, Minnesota. Two years later the Church was renamed Eagan Alliance Church. In early 1997, Pastor Dave Stapf resigned after 17 years of faithful service, to pursue a career in computer consulting.
In 1988, Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in the Chicago area asked Pastor Craig Osborne and Pastor Rick Drenk to start Deer Creek Community Church in the Twin Cities. The inter-denominational Church focussed on being a "Church for the Unchurched". Starting in 1989, services were held in Bloomington Educational Center. However, to fulfill it's vision of reaching people south of the river, Deer Creek moved to the Apple Valley Theater in 1991. Pastor Osborne resigned in 1994 to pursue a career in financial planning.
In 1992, Pastor Don Delich of Bethel Baptist Church in Sunfish Lake, Minnesota, asked his Assistant Pastor Bruce Konold to start Aspen Hills Community Church in Eagan. Like Bethel Baptist, Aspen Hills was affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The focus of Aspen Hills was reaching unchurched young people through contemporary music, drama, and teaching how the Bible relates to everyday life. Aspen Hills began holding services in the Woodland Elementary School in 1992, and moved to the Dakota Civic Theater in 1993.
Early in 1994, Pastor Konold sensed God's leading to call Pastor Drenk about the possibility of merging the congregations. During the winter the churches merged forming the new Aspen Hills Community Church. The church retained its affiliation with the SBC. In the fall, the congregation moved into a rented facility at 1080 Lone Oak, and in 1996 they moved their services to the Eagan Cinema 9. Pastor Drenk resigned his part-time position in 1995 to focus his attention on discipling men through Discovery Ministries.
In the spring of 1997, Pastor Konold sensed God's leading to contact the Elders of Eagan Alliance Church about the congregations. In the fall the churches merged forming Eagan Hills Alliance Church. Aspen Hills dropped its affiliation with the SBC, and the congregation is affiliated with the C&MA.
Today, over 100 families call Eagan Hills Alliance Church
home. The congregation continues to grow and looks forward to
ministering in the 21st century.
Directions to the Church:
700 Diffley Avenue
Eagan, MN 55123
Tel: (651) 452-3695
Worship Service: Sundays at 10:45am