Eagle Brook ‘Champing at the Bit’ to Get New Church Built in Woodbury

The church plans to begin construction this spring.

Site work on the parcel slated for a new church in Woodbury was underway this fall as Eagle Brook Church prepares for spring construction.

Plans call for a 75,000-square-foot church near the intersection of Settlers Ridge Parkway and Brookview Road. Construction is expected to take 18 months, said Scott Anderson, executive pastor for Eagle Brook Church.

“We did as much groundwork as we could do this fall,” Anderson said. “It gives us the opportunity to get started on construction as soon as possible in the spring.”

The Woodbury location is the fifth Eagle Brook Church campus. It opened in September 2011, using space at East Ridge High School.

The high school “works extremely well,” said Anderson. "But one of our biggest problems is that we can’t be consistent.”

Scheduling conflicts mean the space is not always available on Saturday nights, he said.

In addition to a more regular schedule, the new church will also provide accommodations for more people. The building will have 1,500 seats, up from 950 at East Ridge, Anderson said.

Eagle Brook Church was founded as a Sunday school by Sam and Ethel Hane in 1948. It now hosts more than 15,000 people at weekend services across five Minnesota campuses, according to the Eagle Brook Church website.

The Woodbury campus will offer weekly services, classes and services for kids.

“We are just champing at the bit to start construction,” Anderson said. “The sooner we get started, the sooner we can move in.”


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Dan Mathews November 27, 2012 at 08:19 PM
"While sharing the stage on weekends has been challenging for many due to high demand, we are grateful for the contributions of technology that Eagle Brook Church has contributed to the Loft which are benefitting all who use the space. EBC has also been very flexible in working around the various activities that touch up against their rentals. The Loft has indeed become a vital community asset and our experience with the school district is that they've been very fair with how they've blocked out time for both school and community theater activities first, and then other rentals such as EBC, second. For sure, we all feel the frustration that comes from time to time with collaboration, but overall, I believe we are all working together to help manage this well-used asset so that many can benefit." Many thanks to all who work so hard to make this work. Dan Mathews, President Merrill Community Arts Center.
Kris Janisch November 27, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Thanks Dan. What's the word on the black box theater?
Kris Janisch December 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Saw JB on the CBS football pregame show say "champing" is more correct Simon D. So you got it right.
Paul Whackernutz December 03, 2012 at 06:36 PM
"Champing" is what a horse does on a bridle when it is impatient, which is where the expression comes from, i.e., the horse is anxious and excited to get going. Another expression that has been mangled in to mainstream is "mute point" which should be "moot point."
Kris Janisch December 05, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Right. But I think chomping is also correct. JB said champing is "more correct." And mute point annoys the heck out of me.


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