The vision for Church of the Cross began when the Lord gave Christian and Molly Ruch a strong sense that they were called to plant an Anglican church. They didn’t know the “where” or “when” of the church plant, but prayed about this vision for many years. In 2002, as part of Christian’s ordination process at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton, Illinois, other church leaders confirmed the calling to church planting and joined the Ruchs in seeking the Lord’s leading for the next steps.
By 2003, the call to plant a church in the Twin Cities had become clear, and in October of that year, Christian and Molly and their children were sent out by Church of the Resurrection to the near western suburbs of Minneapolis. In addition to Church of the Resurrection, they also had the support and oversight of the Anglican Mission in the Americas and Bishop Sandy Greene. They were joined by a few others who had moved at the same time from the Chicago area. Soon others in the Twin Cities were also interested in helping start an Anglican church.
After ten months of praying together, learning about their community, holding monthly worship services, recruiting other team members, and doing planning and development, this team launched Church of the Cross on September 12, 2004. By that time, the Lord had miraculously provided a permanent space in Hopkins, where the church continues to meet to this day.
From the day Church of the Cross first formed, it has desired to be a church that helps plant new churches. It has planted one daughter church—Church of the Redeemer in Saint Paul—and hopes to plant others in the future. In the spring of 2012, Church of the Cross transferred its affiliation from the Anglican Mission to the Anglican Church in North America, and, with Church of the Redeemer, is currently part of the Minnesota Deanery of the newly formed Diocese of the Upper Midwest.
In many ways, being Anglican is about connection. We follow a written liturgy (consisting of various prayers, elements of worship, and an ancient creed) so that we are connected not only to the rich, vibrant history of the Church’s worship and devotional life, but also to thousands of churches and millions of Christians around the world, who also follow, with a few differences, such a liturgy. We are further connected to many of these churches through the common leadership and shared beliefs of the worldwide Anglican Communion, by way of the Anglican Church in North America. Of course, ultimately, being Anglican is about being connected to God—to know Jesus and to make him known throughout the world—and we do this while honoring our connections to our past and following God into the future.