OUR STORY

Renovation Church is a dynamic and fast-growing church in Blaine. Our services have a very modern feel to them and we talk about God in a way that's both relevant and easy to understand no matter what your background is.


If you're curious to find out more about what our Sunday morning services are like, check out our location and service times page. If you would like to learn more about who we are, check out our story below of how we began and got to where we are today:


In April of 2009, Lead Pastor David Sorn followed his calling to plant a church and moved on from his role as Pastor of High School Ministries at Constance Free Church in Andover to begin the process of starting Renovation Church in Blaine.


Renovation Church was able to become a reality in Blaine due to the generosity of its two parent churches: enCompass Church in Roseville and Grace Fellowship in Brooklyn Park. Both churches helped to start Renovation Church by giving finances, training, and people. These two churches, like Renovation Church, are serious about starting new churches in our area. In fact, Renovation Church was Grace Fellowship's 18th church plant.


From April to September in 2009, David began preparing, planning, praying, and gathering people to help officially launch the church in Blaine on October 4th, 2009.


The launch of Renovation Church was quite successful, and after "Launch Sunday," Renovation Church settled into a church of just over 100 people. Since then, Renovation has rapidly grown to an average Sunday morning attendance of around 400 people in just seven years.


Due to our quick growth, in the Fall of 2014, we began raising money to purchase land.  In January of 2017, we signed a purchase agreement to acquire land near the SE corner of Lexington Ave & 125th Ave in Blaine.  We will close on the land this summer and hope to put a building on it sometime in the next 2-3 years to accommodate all of our growth.  


Renovation Church is now just seven years old, and its history is quite short; however, we are hoping that God allows us to establish a legacy of grace and transformation in Blaine and its surrounding communities...




Staff & leadership

  • DAVID SORN - Lead Pastor

    David is a graduate of St. John's University & Bethel Seminary. Before starting Renovation, he was a High School Youth Pastor for 200+ students at Constance Free Church in Andover for 5 years. He has been married to his wife Lindsey for 11 years, and they are parents to Jeremiah, Liviana, and Lincoln. David loves running and the MN Timberwolves. Contact David at: David@RenovationChurch.org

  • Zach Foty - Worship Pastor

    Zach started leading worship at Ridgewood Church in Minnetonka at the age of 16. He also leads worship for many camps and conferences with his band Seventh Hour. A man of many talents, Zach is also a professional audio engineer in his spare time. Zach is married to his wife Ali and is a father to Weston. Contact Zach at: Zach@RenovationChurch.org

  • Rachel Cheney - Director of ministries

    Rachel leads the Children's and Youth Ministries, along with overseeing Volunteer Ministries and organizing missions trips for Renovation. Rachel is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She is married to her husband Michael and enjoys playing musical instruments, running, and reading. Contact Rachel at: Rachel@RenovationChurch.org

  • RYAN SPECK - Director of operations

    Ryan oversees all of our set-up and tear-down ministries at Renovation. He is a graduate of Hennepin Technical College with a degree in carpentry. Ryan met his wife Alissa at Grace Fellowship (a parent church of Renovation Church). In his spare time, Ryan enjoys fishing, golfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and watching the Philadelphia Eagles. You can contact Ryan at Ryan@RenovationChurch.org

  • Kari Rickenbach - Administrative assistant

    Kari was born in, and lived the early parts of her life, in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Advertising Journalism. Kari married her high school sweetheart and enjoys life with him and their two dogs. She has a heart for worship, loves winter, enjoys being creative, and loves a good cup of tea. You can contact Kari at: Kari@RenovationChurch.org

  • kiah ortman - Graphic Designer

    Kiah graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a degree in Graphic Design, and studied Art and Design through the NYCAMS program in New York City. She enjoys life with her husband Ben and their spunky Shih Tzu named Savannah. In her spare time she enjoys a good cup of coffee and making things for her small business Tomatz Design. You can contact Kiah at: Kiah@RenovationChurch.org