About Us


New Life Church in Oak Grove, MN began in October of 1999 in a local strip mall as a mission startup by Pastor Ed Treat. In 2005, the church moved into a small building up Round Lake Blvd where we are currently located.

Our music is contemporary with a traditional mix, and our services are currently led by Pastor Julie Marxhausen.

We believe that, in confessing our brokenness to the Lord, we are saved, and we welcome all into our congregation to honor His sacrifice, His mercy, and His grace.


History of New Life Church

New Life Church held its first service in October, 1999 in a tent in the strip mall parking lot in Oak Grove, MN at the corner of Lake George Blvd and Hwy 22.

It began as a mission startup with Pastor Ed Treat in a small retail space of that strip mall. With just enough space for about 50 people to worship, it quickly grew to hold three different style services: traditional, country, and contemporary.

In 2005, the church purchased the current building from Grow Town (also formerly a Tom Thumb) and has resided there for the last 15 years.

Pastor Ed Treat took another position and Pastor Jeff Bergman took the role for the next 12 years.

Currently, New Life is part of the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ), and its members have a strong love and commitment for the Lord. Many who have attended have needed healing prayers and community to support them through tough times, and its congregation is fervently supportive.

Our Sunday services are led by Pastor Julie Marxhausen, and our music style is a blend of contemporary music with some traditional mix.

The church has been active in many outreach opportunities such as Sharing and Caring Hands, Feed My Starving Children, Anoka Food Shelf (NACE), Pastor Valery in Belarus, Russia, Sweetbread Ministries, and so many more over the past 20 years.

We welcome everyone!

Our Beliefs

New Life Church is a community of people who believe in God’s love, that through the confession of our brokenness, we are saved by His Grace. We believe in our mission to embody the gospel, so that others may also experience the goodness and grace of our Father in Heaven.

Our Vision and Mission

Our mission is to Invite, Ignite, and Excite!

To faithfully answer God’s call and send people to proclaim the kingdom of God in all the corners of the Earth and our community.

Holy Communion

We celebrate Holy Communion on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month.  All who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are welcome.  Those with special needs may request via the usher and/or receive communion at their seat.

Pastor Julie MarxhausenPastor
About Pastor Julie

I have been in ministry in some capacity for forty years, pastoring for the last 15+. I have been trained and mentored by my husband, Mark Marxhausen, a man who loves the Lord with all his heart. I am ordained through LCMC – Lutheran Congregations in Missions for Christ, receiving my Master’s and Doctorate degrees from MN-Graduate School of Theology. My passion is to equip the saints – meaning I want to help people realize how amazing they are because of the way God created them, and equip them to walk in their unique design as we together go out in the world and share Jesus in our spheres of influence. I love teaching the Word of God because it is challenging and life-giving, and the more we know, the more we want to know about Jesus so we can live in Him, and flourish in His freedom.

As you make your way through this website, my prayer is that you would be ignited and curious to come and meet us, joining us in a faith journey in which we walk together.

New Life has been around for a long time, and we’ve experienced a lot of changes, as has everyone. We are excited to embrace each new day together, celebrating our life in Jesus, walking with people where they are at in life, and together, becoming the overcomers in Christ we’ve been created to be! Come join us! We truly will love to meet you!!!!

Marsha WeidnerTreasurer
About Marsha Weidner

I have been in Office Management for over 35 years and accepted the Treasury position in February, 2022. I was treasurer for 4 years at my previous church, and it was easy to say yes again. I love coming to church, meeting new people, sharing my story, and getting involved. Currently, I play the guitar and sing with one of our worship teams.

New Life Church helped me grow as an “Accepted Child of God that is Loved”. I pray that God will provide comfort to you as you visit. I pray you feel the presence of God, stay a while, and visit with us.  
Lee OkerstromPresident
About Lee Okerstrom


Sheila SwancuttWorship Coordinator
About Sheila Swancutt

Worship and music have been an enormous part of my life and faith journey.  It is important to me that when you walk in our doors, you feel welcome and wanted.  We hope you join us on Sunday mornings and that when you are here, you are filled with peace, praise and joy.

Lance SwancuttVice President
About Lance Swancutt


Pat CollierSecretary
About Pat Collier