Who We Are
Solid Rock Free Lutheran Church is an independent Lutheran Congregation affiliated with the Association Of Free Lutheran Congregations (see our Fundamental Principles). We desire to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We stand on the truth of God’s Word and seek to depend upon the power of the Holy Spirit that moves us to serve others in love.
Solid Rock has a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in attendance. Lately, the congregation has been blessed with many young couples with students and small children so that they make up a large percentage of those attending. Consequently, much of our ministry is aimed at teaching and equipping parents (and grandparents) for their roles, as well as encouraging wholesome activities and lifestyle. In addition, the congregation hears the call of Christ to missions and supports many missionaries both at home and especially abroad. We warmly invite you to be our guest at our Sunday morning Worship Services or Wednesday evening family nights. We’re confident that you will feel right at home.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Fundamental Principles of the Association of Free Lutheran CongregationsAccording to the Word of God, the congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth.
(Guiding Principles of the Lutheran Free Church since 1897)
The congregation consists of believers who, by using the means of grace and the spiritual gifts as directed by the Word of God, seek salvation and eternal blessedness for themselves and for their fellow men.
According to the New Testament, the congregation needs an external organization with membership roll, election of officers, stated times and places for its gatherings, and other similar provisions.
Members of the organized congregation are not, in every instance, believers, and such members often derive false hope from their external connection with the congregation. It is therefore the sacred obligation of the congregation to purify itself by the quickening preaching of the Word of God, by earnest admonition and exhortation, and by expelling the openly sinful and perverse.
The congregation directs its own affairs, subject to the authority of the Word and the Spirit of God, and acknowledges no other ecclesiastical authority or government above itself.
A free congregation esteems and cherishes all the spiritual gifts which the Lord gives for its edification, and seeks to stimulate and encourage their use.
A free congregation gladly accepts the mutual assistance which congregations can give one another in the work for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
Such assistance consists partly in the mutual sharings of spiritual gifts among the congregations through conferences, exchange visits, lay activities, etc., whereby congregations are mutually edified, and partly in the voluntary and Spirit-prompted cooperation of congregations for the accomplishing of such tasks as exceed the ability of the individual congregation.
Among such tasks may be mentioned specifically the training of pastors, distribution of Bibles and other Christian literature, home missions, foreign missions, Jewish missions, deaconess homes, children’s homes and other work of mercy.
Free congregations have no right to demand that other congregations shall submit to their opinion, will, judgment, or decision; therefore, domination by a majority of congregations over a minority is to be rejected.
Agencies found desirable for conducting the joint activities of congregations, such as conferences, committees, officers, etc., cannot in a Lutheran Free Church, impose any obligations or restrictions, exert any compulsions, or lay any burden upon the individual congregation, but have the right only to make recommendations to, and requests of, congregations and individuals.
Every free congregation, as well as every individual believer, is constrained by the Spirit of God and by the privileges of and the quickening of spiritual life, as far as its abilities and power permit. Such free spiritual activity is limited neither by parish nor by synodical bounds.
“If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32
Spring has always been a time of new beginnings and this was no less true for a group of Christians who began worshipping together at Birch Grove Elementary School in June of 1988. The Home Missions Board of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) started the church because of strong interest for a Bible-based Lutheran congregation with a vision for reaching people in the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis for Jesus Christ.
By May of 1989, this dedicated group of believers became incorporated as Solid Rock Free Lutheran Church. The congregation of fifty was enriched spiritually by Pastor Francis Monseth, from the AFLC Seminary (www.aflc.org), who served them for the first 2 1/2 years. The members worshipped in the school on Sundays and met in private homes for Bible Study during the week. When growth was firmly established spiritually, numerically, and financially, the congregation called Pastor Keith Quanbeck who served for 1 1/2 years. Following Pastor Keith, Pastor David Abel served the congregation while on furlough from mission work in Brazil. The congregation then called Pastor Jim Johnson, a gifted teacher, who served Solid Rock for 7 years. Pastor Richard Gunderson, former missionary, served Solid Rock faithfully for 1 1/2 years as interim pastor. In July of 2003, Solid Rock called Pastor Nathan Hoff.
After moving through a number of cities, and meeting in a variety of schools and other buildings, the Lord has seen fit to establish a home base for the ministry of Solid Rock in downtown Anoka. On August 31st, 2003, Solid Rock celebrated an Ebenezer Sunday. In 1 Samuel, Samuel the Prophet lays down a large stone and calls it Ebenezer–Stone of Remembrance, and says as he places it, “Thus far the Lord has been faithful.” We claim 1 Samuel 7:12 as a theme verse: “Thus far the Lord has been faithful!”
(1989-1992) – Dr Francis Monseth
(1992-1994) – Pr Keith Quanbeck
(1994-1995) – Pr David Abel
(1995-2001) – Pr Jim Johnson
(2001-2003) – Pr Dick Gunderson
(2003-2006) – Pr Nathan Hoff
(2006-2014) – Pr Gary Haug
(2014-Present) – Pr Paul Kneeland