On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 17, Oakwood Community Church broke ground on a new building that’s being constructed on a 12.5-acre parcel 1.5 miles east of Waconia near the intersection of County Road 10 and Klein Drive in Laketown Township.
The master plan is a 42,000 sq. ft.-building, which requires multiple building phases. Construction of the first phase, which is 17,000 sq. ft., begins in September. This phase includes education space, administration space, and a sanctuary that will seat more than 250 people.
The groundbreaking ceremony opened with prayers by Linnea Barto, 11, and Zac Holmgren, 14, thanking God for providing the land and the new building. Prayers continued with Heidi Jensen, Oakwood’s deacon of prayer and worship, and Jerry Jackson, co-chair of Oakwood’s capital campaign committee. Then Oakwood’s worship director Scott Miller led the large crowd in singing the hymn “We Are Standing on Holy Ground” as a team of 14 men and women began shoveling the dirt.
Those shoveling were: Jonathan Merkle, Oakwood elder chair; Jim Nash, Waconia mayor; Steve Anderson, Oakwood senior pastor; Darla Holmgren, market president at KleinBank; Kellie Sites, Waconia Chamber of Commerce president; Walker Techau, Oakwood building committee co-chair; Dan Carlson, executive minister of the Minnesota-Iowa Baptist Conference; Ken Geis, Wooddale Church executive pastor; Rick Selvey, Oakwood deacon chair; Brian Tempas, Cuningham Group principal; Andrew Tisue, Cuningham Group designer; Morgan Traynor, Oakwood building committee co-chair; Greg Anderson, Anderson Companies partner; and Norman Schroeder, Anderson Companies senior project manager.
Cuningham Group Architecture of Minneapolis designed the building, and Anderson Companies of St. Louis Park will manage the construction of the first phase.
The new building is projected to open in July 2015. Until then, Sunday worship services continue at the Waconia High School auditorium (1400 Oak Avenue) at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Oakwood is one of nine daughter churches of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie and is affiliated with Converge Worldwide, a fellowship of more than 1,100 evangelical churches in the United States.