The History of Hosanna

Then you can tell them, "They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant went across." These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever. —Joshua 4:7 (NLT)

In Joshua 4:7, the Israelites placed stones by the Jordan River as a reminder of how far God had brought them and what He had done for them. In the same way, we want to remember how God has worked through Hosanna during our history and how He will continue to work through us to multiply the hope and heartbeat of Jesus!

January 1980

Founding Pastor Bill Bohline knocked on 1,200 doors to start a new church south of the river.

March 1980

First worship services were held. at Orchard Lake Elementary with 275 people.

June 1980

Worship services moved to Buck Hill Ski Chalet.

November 1980

Congregation officially organized with 180 members

September 1982

New Christina Huddleston Elementary Commons became Hosanna’s new worship site

May 1984

First worship service in the new church at 15601 Maple Island Road in Burnsville

December 1987

Building addition completed with a new sanctuary and education wing

June 1992

Purchased 22 acres at 162nd and Ipava in Lakeville

April 1996

Groundbreaking at new Lakeville site

October 1996

Congregation moved into a beautiful 31,000 square foot building

October 1997

Purchased the 33-acre “pumpkin patch” adjacent to our existing site

December 1997

First year of Christmas Concerts

October 1998

Grand opening of our 24,000 square foot Youth Activity Center

November 2000

20 years of ministry

February 2002

Funded church plant for Community of Hope Rosemount (1 of 4 churches to support COH)

October 2002

Rejoice! received church plant funds from Hosanna! Church

March 2003

First services in the new 26,000 square foot Worship Center

October 2003

Community of Hope purchased land

January 2004

First service as Rejoice! in Northfield

June 2004

Community of Hope began building construction

February 2005

Community of Hope’s first Worship service in new building

November 2005

25 years of ministry

January 2010

Current Rejoice! purchased Holy Cross site south of Northfield in Dundas

October 2010

Hosanna separated from ELCA

November 2010

30 years of ministry

April 2012

Rejoice! had first service in new worship center

June 2012

HEART Ministry started

October 2012

The Fountains Senior Living opened

May 2013

Lakeville Chapel opened

September 2013

Lakeville Columbarium opened

March 2014

Shakopee Campus opened


First HEART Trip


HEART Warehouse in operation at Shakopee Campus

October 2015

Pastor Ryan Alexander installed as the new Lead Pastor

November 2015

Founding Pastor Bill Bohline’s last weekend preaching as Lead Pastor

September 2017

Community of Hope completed building upgrade

January 2019

Northfield Campus Adoption

January 2019

Hosanna Church Rebrand

July 2019

Heartland Outlet opens

July 2019

Rosemount Campus Adoption

August 2019

Shakopee land sale to Taco Bell

September 2020

Hope Fieldhouse opened

November 2020

Hosanna turned 40


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