What is now a
growing, vibrant church family, humbly began as a Sunday night evangelical
service in a barn west of Chaska (1975). There wasn't air conditioning or comfy
chairs and the mosquitoes were known to be a distraction, but people came from
as far as 35 miles away to sit on bales of hay, participate in unplugged
worship and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ proclaimed.
Eventually these Sunday services
moved indoors to the Shakopee Valley Mall and became known as Valley Community
Church. By 1983 the congregation had moved back to Chaska and was meeting in
the old high school, at which time they became affiliated with the Evangelical
Free Church of America, changing the name to Valley Evangelical Free Church. In
1988, Valley built and moved into its current home on the NW corner of 41 and
Engler. There is air conditioning, the chairs are padded, and the music is
broadcast through speakers, but one things remains the same…lives are still
being changed by the power of the gospel.