Who We Are

About Mission Covenant Church

Mission Covenant Church is a warm, friendly congregation where people are given many opportunities to come to Christ and grow in their faith. It doesn’t matter where a person’s starting point is because we offer ministries for men, women, youth, those in recovery, small groups, in-depth Bible studies, and recreational opportunities.

Mission Covenant Church wants to make a lasting difference in your life, in our community, and in the world. How do we go about that? By leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That’s the driving purpose behind everything we do.

Our Mission Statement

Mission Covenant Church exists to connect the unconnected to Jesus Christ and together grow as fully devoted followers of Him.

Our History

Established in 1894 by early Swedish immigrants, the Mission Covenant Church of Poplar was located along County Road D just one block south of Highway 2. It was known at that time as the Swedish Mission Congregation. On January 1, 1944, the church name was officially changed to Mission Covenant Church. Over the years, our congregation flourished until it was time to expand our facility. In February of 1996 our congregation moved to its current location. Our church family is now reflective of today’s community.

As we prepare for the future, we are thankful for the vision of our forefathers. We praise God for what He has provided in this community since our church was established and thank Him for his leading.

Member of The Evangelical Covenant Church of America

Mission Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) – a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

What makes the Covenant unique from other denominations is the fact that while it strongly affirms the clear teaching of the Word of God, it allows believers the personal freedom to have varying interpretations on theological issues that are not clearly presented in Scripture.Mission Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) – a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.
What makes the Covenant unique from other denominations is the fact that while it strongly affirms the clear teaching of the Word of God, it allows believers the personal freedom to have varying interpretations on theological issues that are not clearly presented in Scripture.Mission Covenant Church is part of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) – a rapidly growing multi-ethnic denomination in the United States and Canada with ministries on five continents of the world. Founded in 1885 by Swedish immigrants, the ECC values the Bible as the Word of God, the gift of God’s grace and ever-deepening spiritual life that comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the importance of extending God’s love and compassion to a hurting world, and the strength that comes from unity within diversity.

What makes the Covenant unique from other denominations is the fact that while it strongly affirms the clear teaching of the Word of God, it allows believers the personal freedom to have varying interpretations on theological issues that are not clearly presented in Scripture.

What We Believe

The Evangelical Covenant Church believes that the Bible is God’s Word and is our only perfect rule for faith, doctrine, and conduct. It also believes that everyone needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Beliefs

God

God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and are one God.

Genesis 1:1,26,27, 3:22
Psalm 90:2
Matthew 28:19
1 Peter 1:2
2 Corinthians 13:14

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is coequal with the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven and will return again someday to earth to reign as King.

Matthew 1:22, 23
Isaiah 9:6
John 1:1-5, 14:10-30
Hebrews 4:14-15
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Romans 1:3-4
Acts 1:9-11
1 Timothy 6:14-15
Titus 2:13

About the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is coequal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer spiritual gifts when they are saved. As Christians we seek to live under His control daily.
Acts 1:8
1 Corinthians 3:17
John 16:7-13, 14:16-17
Galatians 5:25
1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16
Ephesians 1:13, 5:18

About the Bible

The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs about living. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without error.

2 Timothy 3:16, 1:13
2 Peter 1:20-21
Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6
Proverbs 30:5

About Human Beings

People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". Sin separates us from God and causes many problems in our life.

Genesis 1:27
Psalm 8:3-6
Isaiah 53:6a
Romans 3:23
Isaiah 59:1-2

About Salvation

Salvation is God's free gift to us but we must accept it. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God's offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin's penalty. When we turn from our self-ruled life and turn to Jesus in faith we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.

Romans 6:23
Ephesians 2:8-9
John 14:6, 1:2
Titus 3:5
Galatians 3:26
Romans 5:1, 10:9-10

About Eternity

People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven.

Heaven and hell are real places of eternal existence.
John 3:16, 14:17
Romans 6:23, 8:17-18
Revelation 20:15
1 Corinthians 2:7-9

About Baptism

Baptism is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Once we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, baptism is a way for us to publicly declare our new life in Christ. It is also a step of obedience based on God’s commands and allows us to follow the example of Jesus, who submitted himself to baptism to "fulfill all righteousness."

Matthew 3:16-17 , 28:18-20
Acts 2:41 , 8:12

We Uphold the Following

In Non-Essential Beliefs, we have liberty. Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters... Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls... So then each of us will give an account of himself to God... So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God.

In All our Beliefs, we show charity. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Romans 14:1,4,12, 22
1 Corinthians 13:2

FAQs

Are you new to the church, or thinking of visiting?

If you have any questions or need directions today, please ask one of our door greeters, First Impression Greeters, or Welcome Center attendant.

The Welcome Center counter in the Fellowship Hall, located in the center of the building, has information about our services, ministries, and facilities.

Infant and toddler nurseries are located in the north end of the building in the Christian Education (CE) wing. We also have a Parent's Room located behing the sound board in the Multi-Ministry Center (gym) for your convenience with a live feed of the service.

We have a gift packet for you as well on a table near the south doors in the gym or the east doors in the narthex. Please drop off your "connection card" and take a gift home with you!

What does “Covenant” mean in the denomination’s name?

The word “Covenant” refers to the agreement that both churches and individual Christians have within the Covenant to serve together doing the Lord’s work. Evangelical refers to the fact that this church believes in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The use of “Mission” in our local church’s name highlights our desire to tell others about the salvation that is found in Christ.

Is MCC a well-established congregation?

Yes, we have been around since 1894. Though we are well rooted and have a lot of tradition to lean on and be proud of, we are also a growing, changing church. God has led us over the past decade through a process of renewal and steady growth.

Is your church handicapped accessible?

Yes, our entire facility is accessible for wheel-chairs, etc. Visually impaired folks will enjoy the large screen projection. Scripture and songs are easily seen. Upon request, we also offer a sign language interpreter.

What style of music does your church use for worship?

We believe that the focus in worship needs to be on God, rather than the style of music. We value the wonderful hymns and praise songs that have been a part of the church's style of worship for many years.

We also believe that the church must be relevant to the culture in which God has placed it in order to effectively reach the unchurched, which includes singing new songs and more up beat music.

Therefore, we offer both contemporary services and a traditional service. We have Contemporary Services on Sunday mornings at 8:30am and 11:00am in the Multi-Ministry Center. A traditional service is held at 9:45am in the Sanctuary.

Covenant Partners

Mission Covenant Church Staff

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Darrell Nelson

Lead Pastor
BIO

Pastor Darrell and his wife, Cindy, have been married since 1982. They have three daughters and one son.

Pastor Nelson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a Bachelor of Science in Education. His graduate studies were done at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. Before coming to Mission Covenant Church he served a six-month internship at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. Prior to his seminary studies, Pastor Nelson taught and coached in the LaCrosse public school system, as well as having worked one year as an Assistant Administrator in Tomah, Wisconsin. Pastor Darrell was ordained by the Evangelical Covenant Church in June of 2003.

In his free time, Pastor Nelson loves being with his family and enjoying the outdoors. His favorite hobbies are bow hunting, archery, and fishing. He was an assistant track coach for 20 years and is a volunteer wrestling coach and a weight-training instructor.

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James Walsh

Position: Associate Pastor
BIO

Pastor James lives in Wentworth with his wife, Heather, and two sons.

James earned his B.S. degree from PBBC in Owatonna, MN and interned at Faribault Baptist Church in Faribault, MN and at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Cable, WI.

James enjoys spending time with his family- flying, hiking, or climbing pretty much anywhere.

715.364.2738 ext #24

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Carey Vik

Position: Associate Pastor of Worship
BIO

Carey’s father, Hans Vik, was also a pastor of this church for 17 years. But it wasn’t until he got away from his home area, serving in the U.S. Air Force, that he surrendered his life to Christ and the ministry of the Gospel.

During those seven years in New Mexico he began to volunteer, working with a youth group in the church he was attending. This eventually led to a staffed position for a couple of years before being called back to his hometown and home church as youth pastor in 1992.

After 10 years of serving as the youth pastor for Mission Covenant, Pastor Carey transitioned into music ministry, missions, and other ministries. Although he had never completed his college education before entering the ministry, he did complete his B.A. in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in May of 2005.

Pastor Carey’s hobbies and interests include building, camping and golf. He loves spending time with his wife Jennifer and their two children.

Nathan Nelson

Associate Pastor of Youth

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Pete Peters

Position: Executive Pastor
BIO

Pete and his wife, Cheri have been married since 1979. They have three adult sons and one granddaughter. They have both been active in the life of our church serving in lay leadership positions and different ministries since 2000 when they first started attending Mission Covenant.

Pastor Pete joined the staff part time at Mission Covenant in early 2012. As Executive Pastor his primary responsibilities are Church Administration and the Senior Adult Ministry of our church. He is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management & Communication, and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Prior to joining the staff at our church Pete served as a full time law enforcement officer for thirty-three years and as chief of police in Superior, WI for the last ten years of his career prior to his retirement from public service in 2011.

In his free time, Pastor Pete loves traveling and being with his family, he also enjoys the outdoors and all different kinds of hunting and fishing.

715.364.2738 #32

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Shelaine Puttonen

Postion: Administrative Assistant

715.364.2738

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

Postion: Administrative Assistant

715.364.2738

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Kevin Orme

Position: Finance

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Bryan Gill

Position: Building Maintenance
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Karen Cristilly

Position: Church Janitor
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Julie Lindsey

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Cindy Nelson

Mission Kidz!

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Michelle Kephart

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