Who Is Karmel Covenant Church?

 1885 - Present...

Karmel (from Latin for “fruited orchard”) is a friendly, outward focused, and increasingly vibrant congregation for people of diverse backgrounds and ages.  Our strong ministry to children and youth dates back to our inception in 1885 when Swedish immigrants formed a Sunday School and Bible groups that became the church we are today.

The original log structure is hidden under a modern façade, and subsequent additions have given us a warm and inviting place to gather.  Our steady and healthy growth is combined with an emphasis on the forming of ministries to advance our vision.  As we demonstrate and proclaim the gospel, our prayer and desire is that neighbors and friends become followers Jesus, so they can also experience his grace.  We gladly partner with other congregations and organizations to advance the work of the Lord.

While we are serious about our mission, we are also a very fun congregation.  We laugh a lot, and always look for opportunities like camping, softball, retreats, crazy evenings, and other special events, to deepen our bond with both old and new friends.

We are trusting God to guide us, and to use us to advance his Kingdom work.  If you are considering a church home, you may want to give us a visit!



In the nineteenth century in Sweden a group of people gathered in small groups to study the Bible together and to share with each other the joy of new life in Christ. They also loved to sing, and their songs expressed their joy and the need to tell others about their faith. Two questions summarized their faith: “Are you alive in Jesus?” and “Where is it written?” They called themselves the “Mission Friends.” Many of these Mission Friends migrated to the United States and Canada to start churches. In 1885 representatives of Mission Friend churches met in Chicago and on February 20th of that year they formed a denomination that became known as the Swedish Evangelical Mission Church of America, which today is called the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The Evangelical Covenant Church considers itself one with the whole body of Christ which includes all who profess Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and God, and the Bible as the only perfect rule for faith, doctrine and conduct. The five affirmations of the Evangelical Covenant Church are the authority of the Bible (2 Timothy 3:16), the necessity of being born again (John 3:3-8), the church as a fellowship of believers (Galatians 3:28), the freedom of Christians (Galatians 5:1; Romans 6:17-18) and the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).

The purpose of the Evangelical Covenant Church is to make known the good news of saving faith in Jesus Christ, to encourage a Christ-like life among it’s congregations and their members and to carry out Christ’s redeeming work of love, mercy and justice in the world.

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