by Lee Pederson
Thirty years ago, August 1987, the Deer River Church of God held its first service at the Dee River Town Hall. The congregation has gone through many changes since then. Today we are the only church in town on the other side (south) of the tracks. We invite the community to celebrate with us August 11-13th.
Firday, August 11th, at 3pm free burgers will be served and inflatable games will be available for the kids. Our service will begin at 6pm, featuring key people from the church’s history.
Rick Mann Rev. Rick Mann is a Mental Health Therapist for Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge in Brainerd, Minnesota. He came to Grand Rapids at the age of 29 and had a part in starting the LaPrairie Church of God (later known as Solid Rock Church), the Eagle Country Church of God (Harvest Church) in Remer, and the Deer River Church of God. Rev. Mann spent 13 1/2 years in this area and then moved on to start another church in the Shakopee area. While there, he began to work with Racetrack Chaplaincy Of America, which is a ministry to the backstretch of Thoroughbred racetracks. He spent 18 years in this ministry, traveling to Denver CO, El Paso TX, Kansas City KS , Williamsburg VA, Charles Town WV and Canterbury Park in Minnesota. While working with the State Racing Commission in each of these states, he began to complete his education, enabling him to do more in the area of substance abuse and mental health. He received his undergraduate in Organizational Leadership Management Development in Martinsburg WV and his Master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at West Virginia University.The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.