Eagle Brook Church raises $20 million for Woodbury campus
A new Woodbury church plans to break ground this spring after completing a $20 million fundraising campaign.
Members of Eagle Brook Church have been meeting at East Ridge High School for a little over a year while the church raises the necessary funds to build a permanent location.
"We did a campaign to raise money over the last fall and we had a goal of raising $20 million and we were successful in hitting that goal," Executive Pastor Scott Anderson said.
The church is planning a site on Settlers Ridge Parkway south of I-94 with a worship center designed to seat 1,500 people.
Eagle Brook Church has campuses in White Bear Lake, Lino Lakes, Spring Lake Park and Blaine.
When more and more attendees from Woodbury and the east metro traveled to other campuses for weekly service, the church decided to hold them at East Ridge High School in 2011.
"We have a good crowd that comes to East Ridge, between 1,500 and 2,000 on a weekend," Anderson said.
Eagle Brook has also been holding classes in the various classrooms of the high school.
"We have a lot of people who have over the years started coming to Eagle Brook at one of the existing campuses," he said. "Over the years we've just grown the number of people who have become part of the church from that area."
Combined, all five campuses attract anywhere between 15,000 and 18,000 worshipers on a weekend, according to Anderson.
The church anticipates opening the new location in Woodbury in the fall of 2014, a few years after acquiring the 40-acre land.
"We have had the land under contract for quite a while now, probably two to three years ago," Anderson said. "We purchased the land with funds from a previous campaign."
The $20 million raised to build the church comes after an extensive campaign where the church reminded members and others about its mission, he said.
"Which is to reach people who are far from God and introduce them to Christ," he added. "And inspire them with stories of people whose lives have changed."
The church will continue to hold services at East Ridge until the new building is finished.
"Sometime before Thanksgiving and Christmas of (2014); we're hoping for earlier rather than later," Anderson said. "We're excited to be coming to Woodbury with a permanent facility."