Oak Park Community Church began with a vision in the heart of Pastor DelRoy Johnson, long-time faculty member (and softball coach) at Northwestern College in Roseville, who had also served as Pastor of Park Avenue Covenant Church in Minneapolis.
With the encouragement of CBAmerica (known at that time as the Conservative Baptist Association), the work began in September of 1985 with a Bible study which met in a home. Six people were in attendance that first evening, including Pastor DelRoy and his wife Patty!
Sunday services began quickly in October of that same year, meeting at Madison Elementary School. Pastor DelRoy’s God-given dream was for a church which would help non-Christians to become followers of Christ and then grow to maturity.
God blessed the new work with growth. That first Sunday service was attended by 61 persons and by February 2nd of 1986 the group had grown to 104. Within the first fifteen months of ministry, Pastor DelRoy had baptized eighteen individuals.
Over the ensuing years, God has used the ministry of Oak Park to help many individuals to put their faith in Christ, follow Him in baptism and grow in their likeness to Jesus. Lives and families have been transformed, and we are grateful!
The property owned by the church today was purchased in 1987. The “sanctuary” (worship center) portion of the existing building was built in 2001-2002, with the education wing of the building added in 2012.
The past two years have been a time of transition and change for Oak Park, beginning with the retirement of Pastor DelRoy at the end of 2014. In June of 2016, Interim Pastor Brian Thorstad was called by the church to take it through a time of redevelopment and rebirth.
At this writing, Oak Park is enjoying a vibrant fresh start, with many new folks in attendance, improvements being made to our building, and a team of leaders working through a “strategic planning” process, a prayerful waiting upon God for His new vision for our church.
In the meantime, our mission has not changed (making disciples of Jesus Christ) and our core beliefs and values have not altered either. We love our community and are looking forward for how God will use us to reach people for His kingdom and His glory. Maybe God wants you to become a part of our history!