For many years, Eden Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN, desired to plant churches in and around the Twin Cities. In fact, Eden moved to its current location in order to establish a base from which they could plant churches. Even the size of their new building (built to seat about 350) reflected this goal. Eden desired, by God’s grace, to see the building filled and then to send out groups of members to plant new churches. In 2016, the Lord opened the door for Eden to launch its first church plant.
In the summer of 2015, Bryan Blazosky moved with his family to Richfield, MN, a city in the south metro of Minneapolis and about 10 minutes north of Eden. Planning to stay about six months while Bryan finished his Ph.D., they had moved here and joined Eden for the stability of a strong local church. In November 2015, they had an opportunity to join the faculty of a seminary, an opportunity that would have taken them away from the Minneapolis area. While they initially believed that such a position would be the Lord’s will, He eventually made it clear that He was moving them in another direction. Specifically, the Lord began to open their hearts to the possibility of partnering with Eden to plant a new church in Richfield.
Bryan knew that there were faithful members at Eden who would be eager to join a church-planting initiative. He also knew, however, that it would be a tremendous blessing to lead the church plant with someone he knew well and with whom he had served before in local church ministry. At this same time, Phil Trach and his family were praying for the Lord’s direction, as Phil finished up his Th.M. at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Phil and Bryan had taught together and served in the same local church for seven years. Not only was Phil preparing for transition, but while at Southern, the Lord blessed him with a job in technology, allowing Phil the option of working remotely from virtually anywhere in the world. Furthermore, Phil’s boss is a committed believer who is glad to see employment at his company support the work of church planting.
In February 2016, after seeking God’s will in prayer, and through much counsel from the elders at Eden and others, Bryan and Phil committed to partner with Eden to plant a church in Richfield. In May, the Trach family moved to the Twin Cities, and Eden voted to bring Bryan on staff to lead the church plant. By the fall, about twenty adult members from Eden had expressed interest in joining with the church plant. From September to December, Bryan and Phil met with this group weekly to pray and discuss church polity, philosophy of ministry, worship, church documents, and many more items related to church planting. From that group, the Lord blessed with thirteen adult members, who began meeting for weekly Bible studies in Richfield on Sunday nights through the spring.
In May 2017, fourteen adults met to covenant together as a Richfield Bible Church and began gathering for worship on Sunday mornings at Centennial Elementary School.
We hope that this brief history of what God is doing in the Twin Cities encourages you. As we continue to move forward, we put our hope in Him, being confident that through the prayers of His people and the help of the Spirit, God will do great and mighty things for the sake of His name.
Richfield Bible Church
7315 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55423