Our History

Living Hope Wesleyan Church opened its doors in September of 2003. At that time, Brookings Wesleyan Church and Linwood Wesleyan Church (Sioux Falls) had a handful of families from the Madison area attending their churches. Pastor Tim Purcell, senior pastor of Brookings Wesleyan Church, began casting a vision for the Brookings Church to mother a new congregation in Madison. After visiting with pastors of other evangelical churches in the Madison community and determining a large spiritual need, the die was cast and a decision was made to plant a Wesleyan congregation in Madison when God's timing became evident.

Those from Madison attending the Brookings church began to meet and pray that God would bring fruition to their vision and help them to begin a new church. As His timing began to unfold, God's hand of blessing was evident. About this time, Tim Troxell joined the pastoral staff at Brookings Wesleyan Church and began to sense God's call to give leadership to the new congregation. Shortly afterward a Bible study was formed that met bi-monthly. God blessed this small midweek group with additional people, unity and a spirit of expectant faith. After a short time, the group felt God's calling to move forward with planting a new church.

As needs in many areas became apparent, God was faithful to provide. By the summer of 2003, critical mass in terms of finances, people, vision, etc. had been reached and a firm decision was made to open public services on September 7th, 2003. Since these beginning stages, Living Hope continues to move forward one step at a time, discovering more and more about God's purpose for them as He continues to answer critical prayers and work in ways that only He could.