Our Story


behind the name:

If a fire burns through the colony, the life left in the root system replaces the lost trees with new ones. For these reasons, aspen groves are among the oldest organisms on the planet. The oldest are rumored to be over 80,000 years old.
As these incredible images haunted me for weeks, the prayer team at our church offered to pray over my family as we stepped into this new season of our lives. Lisa Vaupel, without having any insight into my research, chose theme verses for the prayer gathering, and they read: "For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams." What are the chances that out of the 31,102 verses in the Bible, Lisa would pick one of the ten that talk about poplar trees? God was and continues to guide us to consider what it would look like to exemplify this community of trees discussed in Isaiah 44, filled with the Spirit of God, growing strong by His streams, deeply connected in our root system below ground, and providing shelter, air, life, integration, and witness to His goodness, Kingdom, and ultimately Hope above ground to the world around us.

Jeff Olson
Lead Pastor, Catalyst Church


An integral part of our story is that we love to start new things. Our collective efforts as a church have enthusiastically initiated and participated in the launch of Renovation Church in Blaine (2009), Ignite Church in Oakdale (2012), Hope Bridge Church in Plymouth (2012), Revision Church in Des Moines, IA (2015), and Catalyst White Bear in White Bear Lake MN (2021). These churches have since multiplied into even more church plants! We've also commissioned an area developer for Young Life in the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.