Throughout 2021, Bethlehem Baptist Church is celebrating our 150th anniversary year. Join us as we thank God for his grace to us in the past and as we trust him for his grace in the years to come.
Sunday, November 21, 6–8pm
Grace Church Eden Prairie
Save the date for this event on November 21 as we gather with the Downtown, North, and South Campus congregations to mark the 150th anniversary together. (As of July 30, the event date has moved from August 22 to November 21.)
From Bethlehem’s beginning, God has moved in the hearts of her people to devote themselves to planting biblically rooted, gospel-centered churches that are equipped to reach their respective communities.
In 1871, the elder board of First American Baptist Church in Minneapolis granted the request of 22 Swedish members to plant a church. This new church, First Swedish Baptist Church, aimed to be a welcoming gospel presence for newly arriving Swedish immigrants. Later, First Swedish Baptist changed its name to Bethlehem Baptist Church.
God birthed Bethlehem through church planting and, by his grace, Bethlehem continues to be engaged in the ongoing work of church planting near and far. Read about our church planting history.
Highlights from March 2021:
The Hebrew meaning of the name Bethlehem is “house of bread.” The church has not only served to provide members with gospel nourishment for 150 years, but it has also served as a seedbed for launched ministries that bring that good news to others in various forms. Desiring God and Training Leaders International are two of Bethlehem’s better-known launched ministries—both birthed and grown within Bethlehem in recent decades and then launched out as separate ministry organizations. Other Bethlehem ministries have focused on training for those unemployed and under-employed, adoption and orphan care assistance, and education for children and youth. May God continue to birth many new ministries in the coming years!
For 150 years, God has given Bethlehem a heart for our neighbors and for the nations, and a passion to share the Good News of Jesus both near and far. Today that heart for our neighbors is expressed in unique efforts at each campus, as the people of Bethlehem serve individually, minister through Bethlehem organizations like CityJoy and Jericho Road, and partner with other groups serving for the common good.
As we reflect on God’s grace at Bethlehem through college ministries, we highlight how this grace is seen today in the ongoing work of Bethlehem College & Seminary, our church-based school that grew from efforts to disciple and develop leaders, and Campus Outreach, an evangelism and discipleship ministry at local college campuses.