In the fall of 1960, the first service of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church was held in the basement of the original parsonage at 4110 Diamond Drive in Eagan. It was attended by 38 adults and 30 children. The church's official charter was signed by 92 members two months later.
In the spring of 1961, the first church building was completed at 3930 Rahn Road. The two level building comprised what is now the Fireside Room and classroom area below. Sixty families attended the first service in the new building, which was held Easter Sunday, April 2, 1961. The congregation continued to grow throughout the late 1960’s and 1970’s along with the surrounding community.
In 1977, a new sanctuary, narthex, offices, kitchen, basement and fellowship area was added, nearly doubling the size of the existing building. The first services there were held April 23, 1978. By 1978, the church's baptized membership had increased to 1,400.
Mount Calvary's population, like the local communities, began at last to level off in the 1980's. In January 1985, the church had over 1,500 baptized members and more than 400 students in its Sunday school. In 1999, the sanctuary received a major update.
In 2004, another major renovation took place to expand the narthex, nursery, and office spaces. A year later in 2005, the church opened a food shelf and referral resource center in its former parsonage as an outreach ministry. This project soon took on a life of its own and in 2009 became its own non-profit entity; The Open Door (formerly the Eagan Resource Center).
In 2010, Mount Calvary celebrated its 50th anniversary much as it began in 1960. A vibrant and relevant Lutheran community of Christian believers that continues to grow and change to meet God’s challenging yet rewarding call. We are proud to be family oriented, committed to missions both locally and globally, and focused on our faith in the Lord.