By Starrla Cray
DELANO, MN Delano Assembly of God aims to guide people through life’s peaks and valleys by pointing them to Christ.
“It’s helping people find direction for life,” Pastor Tyler Grant said.
In order to better communicate this message, the church is changing its name to “WestPointe Church, A Church of the Assemblies of God.”
The official name change will go into effect during a special WestPointe launch service Sunday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.
The public is encouraged to attend the service to get to know the church and learn more about area ministry opportunities.
“People will be giving their testimonies, and we’ll have cake and special music,” Grant said.
Residents of Delano, Rockford, Watertown, Maple Plain, and Montrose may notice a bag of candy and informational items from WestPointe on their doors this weekend. That’s just one of the ways WestPointe is letting people know about the church’s new name, and new focus.
“We want to be known as a place where people are introduced to the gospel, transformed, and trained to go out in the community and share the message in everyday life,” Grant said.
Grant describes the preaching at WestPointe as practical and truthful.
“It’s how to apply the word of God to your everyday life,” he explained.
WestPointe will be expanding its mission field through organized events such as small groups and Sunday school programs, as well as informal, individual outreach.
“The church is a part of that, but it’s not an end all,” Grant said.
Parishioners at WestPointe are encouraged to be Christ-centered in everything they do.
“We help people to love others, be others focused, and put their faith it into action,” Grant said.
WestPointe has an average attendance of 175 to 200 people each Sunday.
“When I came in 1999, there were 33 people at my first service,” he said. “The area is growing.”
Since the congregation began, it has experienced “slow, but sure” growth, according to Grant.
“We’re a regional ministry,” Grant said. “People come from 15 area cities.”
The name “WestPointe” drives home the idea that the church is an outreach for people in the west metro area.
“We’re considered a suburb of the western Twin Cities,” Grant said. “The idea is that people would go out in those communities and advance the mission.”
The church began in 1991 in a member’s home, and services were moved to the Delano junior high school auditorium in 1993. A year later, the current building was constructed on Highway 12.
“Our location is pretty good,” Grant said. “The last I checked, about 23,000 vehicles pass by the building each day.”
The church is known for its catchy sayings displayed on an outdoor sign. Passersby are challenged and encouraged by phrases like “Will it take six strong men to bring you back into the church?” or “Have trouble sleeping? We have sermons come hear one!”
The church will soon have new signage with the WestPointe name, but there will still be space for the familiar quips.
WestPointe’s message is summed up in the phrase “finding direction for life,” and its new logo features a compass.
“Every program will line up with that vision,” Grant said. “We’re building on the foundation we already have.”
Staff at WestPointe includes Grant and his wife, Melodee, as well as youth pastors Scott and Heidi Forsberg, children’s coordinator Debby Anderson, and office/music manager Faith Meyerson.
Sunday services are at 10 a.m., with Sunday school starting at 9 a.m.
To learn more, go to www.westpointechurch.org.