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Our History
Our Future

The Story of River Ridge Evangelical Free

Over 25 years ago, several families joined Dan Carlson in a home Bible Study. They were led by God to officially incorporate as the Mankato Evangelical Free Church on October 9, 1989. The first official worship service was held November 12, 1989 in the Holiday Inn. On June 26, 1991, the facility on N. Riverfront Dr. was purchased and renovations began with it being officially dedicated to the Lord on May 17, 1992. Our congregation moved into our current facility in North Mankato in March 2012 after twenty years in downtown Mankato. Our 31,000 square foot facility contains a Sanctuary, multiple classrooms, incredible youth room, gymnasium, two kitchens and ample classrooms.

Throughout the last 25 years God has provided pastoral leadership from Scott Pospisil, W Peter Vander Hook, and Greg Spencer. We have also had Nate Holdeman, Steve Bailey and Matt Jenkins serve as Associate Pastors.

Our church directory lists members and attendees of our congregation that reside in wide variety local towns in Southern Minnesota. In 2012, a group of 40 members were involved in planting an Evangelical Free Church in New Ulm, Minnesota. In the summer of 2016, we officially changed our name from the Mankato Evangelical Free Church to River Ridge Evangelical Free Church. It is our desire to make disciples by helping people come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him in our local community and beyond!
 
 
 
 
The last 25 years have been an amazing ride for those who have been part of the church. But it begs the question, where are we going in the future?  We are committed to making disciples. Our mission is to be used by God to be His disciples (Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8) who are in Christ (Eph. 1:1-14) and who share Christ with their world (Acts 1:8). Thus we desire growth in seeing people come to know Christ as their Lord and Savior and growing deeper and closer in relationship with Him each day.
 
We believe this growth happens first and foremost in the context of relationships. It makes sense that Jesus said we are to love God and love others (Mark 12:30-31). We are committed to biblical instruction, relational evangelism, persistent prayer, authentic worship, and family relationships. As we think about the future, we do not know every turn that the road has for us, but we do know that we want to be growing in Christ.
 
 

EFCA Statement of Faith

God

1. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

2. We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

4. We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus—Israel's promised Messiah—was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

5. We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

7. We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

8. We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

9. We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.