It all began in the summer of 1980 when a
small group of people met for prayer and Bible study. Eventually, the
decision was made to form a church. Pastor Dan Denissen, along with his
wife Claudia and five children, accepted the invitation from this Bible Study
group to come and be the full-time pastor after completing seminary in
It all began in the summer of 1980 when a small group of people met for prayer and Bible study. Eventually, the decision was made to form a church. Pastor Dan Denissen, along with his wife Claudia and five children, accepted the invitation from this Bible Study group to come and be the full-time pastor after completing seminary in Missouri.
On September 7, 1980, thirty people gathered to worship the Lord in the Denissen's farmhouse.
roberts park building
Attendance grew rapidly to sixty-four people within a month. This made it necessary for the congregation to move to the Roberts Park building for the next four years.
Later it was again necessary for the congregation to move to the River Falls High School auditorium. The church purchased twenty acres of land in River Falls to accommodate the need for a permanent home and room for continued growth. In the fall of 1982, the church founded Good Shepherd Christian Academy as an independent, non-denominational school to meet the needs of parents who desired a Christian education for their children. The school has merged with Trinity Academy in Hudson.
Abundant Life Church's first phase of building was completed in October of 1986.
On Easter, 1991, the new 400 seat capacity sanctuary was built and held its first service. A new office wing was also constructed. Later that same year Abundant Life Christian Learning Center was started and has grown to more than 100 children a day. Angie Sweere is the administrator.
In the spring of 1988, Pastors Dan and Claudia Denissen formed River Valley Christian Church which is located in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. In September of 1992, Pastors Dan and Claudia Denissen went there to pastor full time. Pastor Jon Neitzell is now the Senior Pastor.
Pastor Kevin Humphrey, the associate pastor for four years, received the senior pastorate of Abundant Life Church in September of 1992. Pastor Kevin and Susan Humphrey both graduated from Rhema Bible Training College in 1986. Pastor Kevin also graduated from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. Pastor Kevin received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2000 and a Master of Arts in Theology in 2001 from Life Christian University. Pastor Kevin and Susan are members of Rhema Ministerial Association International and the Association of Faith Churches and Ministries. They have two children and one grandchild.
Rev. Roger and Myrna Eilers after founding, administrating, and teaching at Good Shepherd Christian Academy, were sent out as missionaries to Minsk, Belarus in 1992. With the church's support, a sister church was established. The Eilers also established a Bible school there. At present, the Eilers are being supported by the church as the founders of Christ for the Nations - Poland.
42 years and counting
In the summer of 2000 remodeling was completed providing classrooms for Abundant Life Christian Learning Center. In September, 2023, Abundant Life Church celebrates its 43rd Anniversary.