Fast-Growing Black Church Finds a Home in North Minneapolis

A cold rain on Sunday made the leaders of a new congregation in north Minneapolis bring their ribbon-cutting inside. But the inclement weather could not chill the spirits at Kingdom Life Church.

For as the choir raised its voices in song and the worshipers clapped heartily along, there was a fiery sense of renewal and revival in the air. Kingdom Life, a mere 22 months old, was having its first service in its new home at 3751 Sheridan Av. N., after buying the building from a Lutheran congregation.

The sanctuary was standing room only.

“We are a work in progress,” said David A. Keaton, founding pastor of the nondenominational church. He added that there was no need to apologize that the carpeting had not been replaced nor the seats upgraded. “We’re here to do God’s work.”

The sense of newness was evident Sunday. The sign outside the building was makeshift. Natty and polite young ushers, who helped senior citizens to their seats, had to ask their elders about the location of the bathrooms. And the surrounding streets were choked with cars, causing some older members to walk a block or two in the rain.

But those challenges were minor for the celebrants. Praise dancers delighted the congregation. And the pastor preached a message about faith and tenacity, underscoring the hope of many that Kingdom Life will be a blessing for its members, and, especially, the larger community.

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Source: Star Tribune