Lutheran Church of Hope is adding yet another central Iowa location. On Sunday, Lutheran Church of Hope broke ground on a new facility in Grimes, within the new Heritage at Grimes development area.


Pastor Eric Voelker said that it felt great to finally be beginning the process of constructing the building.


“It’s been a long road to figuring out how that comes about for us, so for the last couple of years now, we’ve really had a good vision for bringing this church right here to this land,” Voelker said.


Voelker said that they will focus on serving the community in Grimes.


“We’ll be a church that focuses on being a community, invites people in, always makes people feel welcome, points people to Jesus,” Voelker said. “We’ll be supporting marriages, people struggling with addictions.”


Brian Buethe, Grimes Chamber and Economic Development director, said that the groundbreaking is very important to the community.


“Lutheran Church of Hope is well-known across our region, are a growing church for a reason and we’re super proud to have them have a more visible presence in the community of Grimes,” Buethe said.


Buethe said that the chamber is proud to have Lutheran Church of Hope as a member. He also said that many of the churches in Grimes are also chamber members, which is not something he believes is typical in other communities.


“We see them as being a very very important part of the community, what they represent, the people that they bring together for the greater good is really remarkable,” Buethe said. “And even though, you know, our organization is not really a religious-based organization, Grimes Chamber and Economic Development, we recognize the importance that faith has in a community.”


Lutheran Church of Hope already holds services for Grimes and Johnston area residents on Saturdays at 5 p.m. at The Hub in Grimes, and at 9:15 and 11 a.m. at Summit Middle School in Johnston.


The building currently being constructed is just Phase I, but Phases II and III are already planned and will be built as the church grows. When the area is fully developed, Voelker said it could serve around 2,000 people.


The church is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018 and Voelker said that they are aiming for a move-in date of June 1, 2018. It will be located on Beaverbrooke Boulevard, near Heritage Elementary School in Grimes.