About Our Church

Living Hope has always been a church committed to loving and reaching people. 

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Our Mission & Vision

Our vision and mission is to Love God, Love People, and Love Life.

Living Hope has always been a church committed to loving and reaching people. From the very beginning we have desired to see people experience the life Christ has always wanted for them. We love our community and desire to make our world around us better. That starts with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and impacts every area of our lives. We hope you find Living Hope as a place where you and your family can belong. 

It isn’t just a church…you become family

– Lisa

Our Beliefs & Values

We are a Pentecostal Church affiliated with the Assemblies of God. We believe that Jesus’ death on the cross provides a personal and meaningful relationship with God. While we are less formal in our worship to God than many Protestant denominations, the Assemblies of God is very similar in faith, with the exception of our Pentecostal doctrine. (See Hebrews 4:14-16; 6:20; Ephesians 2:18)


We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)

The One True God

Like most Christian churches, the Assemblies of God believes God exists in three persons–the Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. We believe all three are alive and at work today.

The Fall of Man

We believe that all people are faced with a sin problem because of the first man’s (Adam’s) willful disobedience to God. As a result of Adam’s fall, all people are born with a sinful nature. While children are covered by Grace until they reach the age of accountability, everyone else needs redemption provided only through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Only by receiving His forgiveness and accepting Him as Lord can people be forgiven of their sins. (See Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; and Romans 5:12-19).

Fundamental Truths

Two years after the founding of the Assemblies of God, members adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship. This list, known as the Statement of Fundamental Truths, remains virtually unchanged. Four of these beliefs are considered the core doctrines of the Fellowship. They are:

Fundamental Beliefs
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1. Salvation Through Jesus Christ (John 3:3, 16, 17; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.
2. Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 17, 18, 38, 39)
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
3. Divine Healing for the Sick (James 5:14-16)
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.

4. The Second Coming of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
For a complete list of the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God, click here.​

Kingdom Builders

Kingdom Builders is the way Living Hope funds outreach. It is a great tool to resource the great commission of Jesus. As a result of our love for God and a focus on loving people around the world we take on a four-fold goal: global projects, missionary partnerships, local projects and future Christian leader’s initiatives. Through Kingdom Builders we make an impact both locally and globally.

Global Projects

Our 2022 overseas projects include:

  • Priority One, Bible Colleges overseas – $10,000
  • Convoy of Hope (Natural disasters)
  • BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge)
  • STL (Speed the Light)

Local Projects

  • Lake Geneva Christian Center – $12,000
  • Teen Challenge
  • Church Multiplication Network (Church Plants)
  • Church Enhancements (Improvements of our church building to make us more efficient in our mission and debt reduction) (non-operational funds)
  • Support local agencies like the; Morrison County Chaplain, Food shelf, Boys & Girls Club, Thanksgiving meal, local benevolence fund.
  • Outreach

Missionary Partnerships

We support and partner with 40 missionaries around the world and locally.

Total – $33,900

Future Christian Leadership

We believe in coming alongside our future Christian leaders to foster a love for the Bible, God, and the lost.

  • North Central University Scholarship Fund
  • Church match scholarship fund for students attending approved Christian Higher Education
  • Mission trip scholarships
  • Camp scholarships





Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

We have an amazing team. Our hearts are to further the Kingdom of God and serve Him in our daily lives. 

Keith & Darla Thompson

Keith & Darla Thompson

Lead Pastors

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Pastor Keith and his wife Darla came to Living Hope in 1991. They have four adult children, all of whom are married, and a number of grandchildren.

Darla teaches music at Lindbergh Elementary, does private piano lessons, and serves as LHC’s worship leader.

In their spare time, they enjoy riding bike, gardening, golfing, and being with their family.

The top thing on their “bucket list” is to travel to Israel.



Youth Pastor

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Zach & Dani Jares

Zach & Dani Jares

Children's Pastor

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Zach is originally from Pillager, MN. He grew up in an Assembly of God church. He attended 3 years of Heartland Master’s Commission in Cold Spring, MN. After college, Zach was the Children’s Director at a church in Austin, MN until June 2022 when he married his wife Danielle. They love playing and listening to music, coffee, disc golf, tennis, hockey, and a whole lot of other outdoor activities. They are avid sports fans, Go Vikings & Wild! Most importantly, Zach loves speaking into the lives of the next generation, while helping them build and grow a strong biblical foundation.

While they have been married, they have lived in Maple Grove, MN volunteering with a youth group and helping out with Sunday Morning worship. Danielle has been a music teacher at Maranatha Christian Academy teaching grades Pre-K through 6th. After 4 years at MCA, she is looking to keep teaching and do piano lessons.

Janelle Anderson

Janelle Anderson


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Janelle is our office administrator at Living Hope Church. Janelle has attended Living Hope Church since she was an infant, minus a few years here and there when she lived out of the area but has been officially working in our office since 2015.
Janelle is married to her husband Steve who works as an OTR truck driver.
Janelle loves to spend time with her husband and family playing games, enjoying the lakes up north and fishing on her parent’s pontoon, and hanging out with friends.
A couple of items on Janelle’s bucket list are to volunteer at an orphanage and be a foster parent.

Living Hope Church

Phone: 320-632-4365 

Address: 17389 Haven Rd. Little Falls, MN

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