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New church plans stalled due to low funds

A new church will start service at East Ridge High School this weekend, but won't have a permanent home any time soon.

Eagle Brook Church Executive Pastor Scott Anderson said the goal was to start construction of the church in Woodbury next spring, but with limited resources, the project has been delayed.

"We still fully plan to construct in Woodbury and we have hopes to be there sooner than later," he said.

The church, which has locations in Lino Lakes, White Bear Lake, Spring Lake Park and Blaine, is looking to find space for members who attend from the east metro.

Instead of waiting for a brand new place to worship, Eagle Brook decided to sign an agreement with the South Washington County School District to start services at East Ridge High School this fall.

Eagle Brook has about 800 members from Woodbury who drive to other existing campuses, Anderson said, which prompted the need for a local facility.

Eagle Brook purchased a 40-acre property in the northeast corner of the city near the intersection of I-94 and Manning Avenue, where the new church will be located.

Building the church could easily cost more than $20 million, Anderson said, and so far fundraising for the facility has been limited.

The church has also been working to form a congregation in Blaine. A new purchase there as opposed to a leasing agreement also contributed to the delays in Woodbury.

"We've got to make sure we have the whole plan figured out and how to pay for it," he added. "We've got to raise a little bit of money before we can fully launch."

In the meantime, the church plans to broadcast sermons from the Lino Lakes location, as well as hold children's activities in various classrooms at East Ridge.

Anderson anticipates more than 2,000 people will be attending the temporary location at East Ridge and later the permanent church.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.