What we believe
To all who are spiritually weary and seek rest. To all who mourn and long for comfort. To all who struggle and desire hope. To all who sin and need a Savior. To all who are strangers and want fellowship. To all who hunger and thirst after righteousness. And to whomsoever will come – this church opens wide her doors and offers welcome in the name of the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
We are a Christian Church that believes in the Bible. We hold fast to “the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). We confess and believe all that is taught in the Old and New Testaments, which are the inspired, inerrant, and infallible word of God. We summarize Scriptural teaching regarding the holy Trinity and Christ in the Ancient Ecumenical Creeds. We also confess the Three Forms of Unity. We confess to believe that these creeds and confessions are biblical; that is, they are faithful summaries of the teaching of Scripture.
We believe the Bible teaches us that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the perfect righteousness of Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. As a historic, Confessional Reformed church, we trace our heritage from the Apostles through the ancient church to the Protestant Reformation.
Each Lord’s Day we gather to worship the Triune God of the universe: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We are fed by the Word of God and we sing psalms and hymns of the historic Christian church to give glory to God for what he has done to redeem us from wrath, sin, and Satan through the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ. As the body of Christ, we seek to encourage each other in the Christian faith in order to better understand what we believe and why we believe it.
We exist to make disciples who Love the Lord · Love the Flock · Love the Lost
We worship together on the Lord’s Day as a family with all ages and generations present in worship. In Sunday School, we teach our kids the promises of Christ from Genesis to Revelation (Luke 24:13-31; John 5:39). We also teach historic, Protestant confessions of faith to our kids in catechism (primarily using the Heidelberg Catechism), so that they may know what they believe and why they believe it. Our prayer together is that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of our kids to believe the promises of the gospel of Jesus (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:1).
What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with his precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; indeed, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live unto Him.
- Heidelberg Catechism, Question and Answer 1
I grew up in a Christian home in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. I majored in Bible and Theology at Wheaton College, and then I spent two years studying under John Piper at The Bethlehem Institute in Minneapolis.
I received my Masters of Divinity degree at Westminster Seminary in California in 2006 where I studied under men such as W. Robert Godfrey and Michael Horton. From 2006 to 2010 I served as an Associate Pastor at Cloverdale United Reformed Church in Boise, ID (URCNA).
In November 2010, I moved back to the Twin Cities with my wife, Colleen, and our son to begin the process of planting a new church. In March 2013 the Lord blessed us with a second son. And in September 2015 God blessed us with a third son. I am currently serving as the Pastor at Emmaus Road Reformed Church. My prayer is that God would use me to help build his church in the south metro of the Twin Cities to the glory of His Name.