New Chatfield church creating community of hope

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Rev. Paul Langmade and his wife, Lori, stand in front of the Living Hope Community Church office in Chatfield. Langmade has helped get the new church started and will lead the members as they begin gathering for worship.

SUBMITTED PHOTO Members of Living Hope Community Church gather to walk through the Western Days parade in August. The members will have their first church service on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room at Chatfield High School.
Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy

Paul Langmade’s sprouting, igniting or launching – no matter what, he’s got a community of hope.

“Together: Loving God, Serving Others, Sharing Hope” is the mission of Living Hope Community Church (LHCC), a new church plant in Chatfield.

“Our greatest passion is to ignite the hearts of believers to be awakened to who God is and who they are in Him. We desire to be an authentic community that is willing to be honest about their struggles and to seek after God who is their refuge and strength,” said Chatfield Pastor Langmade. “We’re launching services on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room at Chatfield High School.”

He related that LHCC has been in existence for some time but had yet to establish its name. “The story of Living Hope Community Church began almost four years ago, when we had a small group of families that met together at a home in Chatfield for Bible study and prayer. Most of them were attending Grace Evangelical Free Church in Stewartville for weekly Sunday services, but over time, this Bible study not only multiplied into three groups, but they also caught a vision for starting a new church in Chatfield,” Langmade said.

He added that the church came out of a growing desire to impact communities in the Chosen Valley area with the love of Jesus Christ.

“This church, which is centered on the gospel of Christ, is now ready to invite those who may have given up on church but not on God,” Langmade said. “We feel that there should be honesty about one’s struggles in life – that we all can go to God with our troubles.”

A printed history of the church outlined that four families began meeting in Chatfield for fellowship, Bible study and prayer in November 2015, after which the group grew to six families the following fall.

“In the fall of 2017, Life Group continues to grow and starts to pray more intentionally about church planting. The following winter, two Life Groups are now meeting in the Chatfield-Wykoff area with ten families involved. In spring 2018, a transitional leadership team forms and begins formal discussions regarding a new church in Chatfield. In fall 2018, church planting core group training begins at Grace Church in Stewartville, with 35 adults involved, and in March 2019, Pastor Paul Langmade is called to be the church planter. In June 2019, preview services begin at the Chatfield High School…the future is trusting God to use Living Hope Community Church to help many people develop a life-changing relationship with Jesus and plant other churches in southeast Minnesota.”

The history also highlighted what the church hopes to become. “Our core values are uncompromised truth – we are unwavering in our commitment to the Bible as the absolute standard of truth; transformational living – we are actively pursuing a life-changing relationship with Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit; we are committed to reaching out and building community through open and vulnerable relationships as we encourage one another in our walk with Christ; we are devoted to prayer – we strive to seek God first in all things for direction and wisdom, believing in God’s power to answer prayer; with Christ as our example, we strive to sacrificially serve others; and we are committed to engaging our community with the gospel, making disciples, growing leaders and starting churches that do the same.”

Langmade has served as a pastor in churches in St. Petersburg, Fla., International Falls, Minn., Ripon, Wis., and most recently at Grace Church in Stewartville.

He also helped start a new church in Wabasha and is excited to be part of this new church in Chatfield.

Langmade and his wife, Lori, have been married 26 years and have three children. Joshua recently started his own company called Media Core and is gifted in creating videos. Jacob just graduated from University of Northwestern and is working for a virtual accounting firm. Rachel is a senior and enjoys nutrition and athletic training.

Langmade grew up the son of a preacher in southern Minnesota and surrendered his life to Jesus at a Lowell Lundstrom Crusade. He graduated from Elgin-Millville in 1986 and later attended Northwestern College where he met his wife, Lori.

After sensing God’s call to ministry, he went to Bethel Seminary and graduated in 1996. A few fun facts about Langmade are that he has pedal-biked around Lake Michigan, gone scuba diving in the Florida Keys, got baptized in the Jordan River, and has owned ten motorcycles over his lifetime.

Some fun facts about his wife, Lori, are that she has taught conversational English in Japan, jumped out of a perfectly good airplane for fun, and was a guide in the Boundary Waters.

Langmade stated, “As pastor of Living Hope, I have the privilege of equipping, shepherding and casting vision for this new church to live out their faith. I am excited about being a part of a smaller community, meeting new people and hearing their stories. Everyone has a story, and everyone has immeasurable value in the eyes of God. I would love to meet you.”

He added, “We are excited to start weekly services with the grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 8. Come join us in the multipurpose room at Chatfield High School. It’s at 9:30 a.m., and we welcome anyone who is not currently attending a church to come as you are and worship with us. We also welcome those who just want to come and see what we are all about. Whoever you are or whatever your reason, we look forward to meeting you and welcoming you. We hope to see you there.”

 For more information on Living Hope Community Church, log onto the church’s website at, email or, stop in at Langmade’s office at 213 Main St., Chatfield, or call him at 651-564-1227, or log onto the LHCC Facebook and Instagram pages.