Our History

In 1995, seeking to know the Lord more fully, desiring to live a life in Christ and Christian fellowship, and wishing to reach out in Christian love, a small group of families began gathering once a week on Saturday evenings in living rooms to sing, study, and pray.

Building personal and community faith, the group recognized God moving in their lives. By 1997 this small cluster flourished demonstrating that others too were hunting for a dynamic community of faith that included individuals of all ages. They were inspired to worship together on Sunday mornings and searched for another worship site.

In December 1998, the group began meeting in Decorah High School Music Room for public worship. After a search of several denominations, the membership felt the Lord lead them to affiliate with the Covenant Church and they acquired their first pastor through the Evangelical Covenant Church.

In the summer of 1999, the assembly met in Decorah’s First Lutheran Church lounge for Sunday evening worship. By September, they began meeting at St. Benedict’s school gym. This not only allowed them to return to Sunday morning worship but afforded them room to grow.

In 2000, the congregation officially joined the Evangelical Covenant Church, celebrating Charter Sunday on Mother’s Day, May 14; and in 2009, the Decorah Covenant Church acquired its present location on Washington Street and began remodeling the building (which had previously been used as a bank) into a worship, fellowship, and education center. Dedication Sunday was observed on July 12, 2009.

Decorah Covenant Church continues to grow and seek to be God’s word alive in community.