Our Mission ~
We are a community of believers who gather to worship God and support each other, the surrounding community and the world. We invite you to join us in our quest to be a people who love and serve God, each other and the world.
Our Vision ~
Growing in faith, love and service ~ hand in hand with God.
Meet Our Pastor ~ Chad Setter
My faith journey started at Lake City United Methodist Church in August of 2008. I was new to the area and was feeling lonely, lost, and broken. When I first walked into the church I was welcomed with open arms and open hearts. So many people loved me, listened to the things I was struggling with, invited me into their homes, and taught me what it meant to be a follower of Christ. I became regularly involved in small groups, which taught me so much about what it meant to live for Jesus, and also provided a way to develop friendships within the church.
As I grew in my faith I began to see my life from a different perspective. I came to understand just how much Christ loves me, that I was forgiven for my sins, and that I had been created for so much more than the life I was living. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I let go of bad coping habits and fully gave my life to Christ. As I grew in this new life Christ had given me, I started to take on some leadership positions within the church. I started to lead small group studies and also became a leader for the Wednesday night children’s ministry. As I participated in the life of the church, the Lord started to reveal to me a different plan for my life than what I had expected. In the Spring of 2011, I started to feel God calling me into a life of service in ministry. I slowly investigated the call and entered into the candidacy process of the United Methodist Church. This process allowed me to change careers from being an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, to a Licensed Local Pastor.
Around the same time as I was feeling called to ministry, I met my wife Gina. As I have taken steps to answer God’s call on my life, I have been amazed by Gina’s willingness to answer that call as well. In July of 2015, we left our lives as we knew them so I could become a pastor. At the same time, I began my seminary studies, which I continue to pursue at a half time pace. The balance of being a follower of Christ, husband, pastor, and a student has been challenging. Despite the challenges, I have been amazed by God’s grace and faithfulness as Gina and I continue to travel on this journey together. The journey was sweetened immensely in November 2016 when we welcomed our daughter Payton into the world. Both Gina and I are humbled by our opportunity to live our lives for the Lord. It is our heart’s desire to witness to Christ’s unending love and grace while we continue to serve Him! I can’t wait to share more of my story with you, and even more excited to hear yours!
• Master of Divinity (in progress) – Asbury Theological Seminary (distance program)
• Bachelor of Science – Turf Systems Management – University of Minnesota Crookston
• Licensed Local Pastor – Minnesota Annual Conference
Our History ~
Methodism has been prominent in Lake Crystal since the mid 1850’s. Our previous Methodist church was built and had been worshiped in since the late 1800’s. The dream of building a new church was a labor of love and in the forefront of many members’ hearts for a number of years. A majority our members and their ancestors have been part of the congregation throughout their entire lives. Multitudes of joyous baptisms, confirmations and weddings had been celebrated in the original Methodist church.
n 1856, two years after Mr. Robinson and Mr. Hunt staked the first claims in Lake Crystal, the first religious service was held at the Robinson home by a Methodist circuit rider, Rev. CC Kidder. Other circuit riders also preached from time to time and among them was Rev. Albert Perkins who organized the first Methodist class. But it was JW Powell who saw the possibility of a church here, and he made the recommendation that Lake Crystal become a station.
In 1870 the Bishop appointed HP Satchwell to Lake Crystal, and the “First Methodist Episcopal Church” was organized.