In April 1946, 500 leaflets were distributed throughout the community of Crystal and six weeks of persistence and prayer resulted in two children responding for Bible class at the local Village Hall. The vision for this class came from Miss Eljane Sandberg and Mr. Wilbur Matheson. Experiencing steady growth, that Bible class became Crystal Evangelical Free Church in 1949. The first building was constructed and Pastor Albert Sandberg was called to pastor the congregation.
Early Growing Pains
The original building was expanded twice within six years, with additional worship space added in 1960 under the subsequent pastorate of Arthur Hewitt. Christian education wings were erected in 1962 and 1967 under the leadership of Pastor Kenneth Meyer. Dr. Meyer was soon called to serve as President of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and was succeeded in 1967 by Thomas McDill. Several key staff
A Move Of Faith
Growth continued, but further building expansion was prohibited by the City of Crystal. The vision for a move to New Hope was born. A new 800-seat facility on our present site was dedicated on Easter Sunday 1977. Elected president of the Evangelical Free Church of America, Dr. McDill was succeeded that year by Rev. James Olson. Dramatic growth continued under a strong teaching ministry and evangelistic outreach. As a result of faith and vision, a new 1,600-seat Worship Center was dedicated to the Lord in 1984. Crystal Free Church called Dr. David Fisher as pastor in 1986. Pastor Fisher led the church through some significant internal operation changes before completing his ministry in 1989.
A Time Of EXPANSION
Dr. Steve Goold accepted the call as
In 2011, we faced the hard truth. The clock was ticking on our 34-year HVAC system. God used that challenge to rally the church family to not only raise funds to make this
In 2014, after 24 years of ministry, Dr. Goold sensed the Lord calling him away from NHC. He had served our congregation with vision and a commitment to teaching God's Word of truth. On September 13, 2016, Pastor Steve Goold passed away.
Following a 13-month search, in August
God has provided during every transition and change we've experienced as a church. As we continue to seek Him