Bob Merritt Eagle Brook church

Bob Merritt

Lino Lakes-based Eagle Brook Church will open its ninth campus on Oct. 27 and begin offering services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester.

While church attendance has declined in Minnesota during the last decade, Eagle Brook has seen a surge in growth, with an estimated 23,000 attending its weekend services at its eight campuses and 11,000 more online.

For those who grew up in a more traditional church, Eagle Brook offers a different kind of experience. Attendees can buy coffee, mochas and smoothies at a cafe, which they can drink during the service. There are also book stores and a space for kids to play.

Led by Senior Pastor Bob Merritt, Eagle Brook started as a small Baptist church in White Bear Lake and has grown into a multi-site church during the last 28 years. 

Every Eagle Brook location offers the same message, delivered live at its Lino Lakes location and broadcast to the other locations. Every campus also has its own pastors to connect with guests and attendees. 

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