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)

Bible

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 2019 overseas projects include:

  • Mexico City – $2,500
  • Calcutta Mercy in India – $10,000.
  • Convoy of Hope (Natural disasters)
  • BGMC (Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge)
  • STL (Speed the Light)

Local Projects

  • 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 and Darla Thompson

Keith and 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, three of which are married and 2 granddaughters.

Darla teaches music at Lindbergh elementary, private piano lessons and serves as LHC’s worship leader. In their spare time, they enjoy riding bike, gardening, golf & being with their family.

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

Sam and Juliene Muhlbauer

Sam and Juliene Muhlbauer

Executive and Youth Pastors

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Sam Muhlbauer is our Youth and Executive Pastor at Living Hope Church. Sam has over 2 decades of student ministry experience as a leader and pastor. Together, Pastor Sam and his wife, Juliene, have 5 children and love going on dates (quiet time together!!!), cheering on Minnesota Sports teams, having bonfires, playing games and sharing life with others.

 Juliene currently does at-home sales and substitute teaches in the local school district.

 A couple of things on their Bucket List is to do a month-long tour of Italy and Sam would love to watch the Vikings play in and win their first Super Bowl!

Matt and Nichole Parker

Matt and Nichole Parker

Associate Pastors

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Matt is our associate and facilities pastor. Matt is a Little Falls native in which he loves to serve and be a part of the community.

Matt is married to his wife Nichole who works in home health care.

Matt and Nichole love to go visit new places! They also love to go hiking, camping, spending time with friends and doing anything outdoors.

A couple things on their bucket list would be to visit each of the seven continents as well as to take a road trip down the Old Route 66.

Sarah and Jeremy Elliott

Sarah and Jeremy Elliott

Children's Pastor

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Sarah is the Children’s Pastor for Living Hope Church. Sarah has over 15 years of experience ministering to children in over 25 countries. Sarah, along with her husband, Jeremy and their 3 children have served as missionaries in the UK, Ireland, and China. 

Sarah loves to go camping with her family, kayak, work on her photography and crafting, watch Hallmark movies and play Catan with her husband and kids. 

Sarah has a long bucket list, but a few of her top items are to spend summer exploring Alaska, and author a book.  

Janelle Anderson

Janelle Anderson

Administrator

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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 agronomy applicator. Janelle loves to spend time with her husband and family playing games, enjoying the water and fishing on her parent’s pontoon, and doing crafts with friends.
A couple items on Janelle’s bucket list are to volunteer at an orphanage and do foster-parenting with her husband.

Living Hope Church

Phone: 320-632-4365 

Address: 17389 Haven Rd. Little Falls, MN

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