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Southview had a connection to the church that predated Hillside in the building – Valley View Baptist Church, Oswald said.

“Valley View was the church that started us,” he said. “Much of the Valley View congregation has come together in our church.

Oswald was the first full-time pastor in Southview and has led the congregation for 36 years now.

“I came as a young man right out of (Grace) Bible College,” he said. “We grew up together, for sure. “

As it happened, the Twin Cities Christian Church was looking for a new facility and looked into the old building in Southview, Oswald said.

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“We sold within three weeks of purchasing this building,” he said.

Southview has services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, with the evening service being a bit more informal, Oswald said.

“We have an open sharing time in the evening that we don’t have in the morning,” he said.

At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, the church is hosting a Bible study, Awana, and youth groups.

Oswald and his wife Jane have four grown daughters and nine grandchildren.

Twin Cities Christian’s move was unexpected. The church had been located at 4220 Gifford Road since 1970 when it purchased the old Traveler’s Café and 4½ acres of land, according to a church press release. An expansion in 1996 added a new worship center, classrooms and an office. In recent years, larger groups of children and students have gathered in the main building and in the annex.

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