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Fitness Centers for Church Planting

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

by Dr. Joan Devee Dixon, Peace Lutheran, Hutchinson, MN

I was introduced to Chad Kirchoff when he proposed using his expertise as an entrepreneur in starting fitness centers for church planting. He had a grand vision of reaching the unchurched. It only took a few minutes for Chad to light a fire with District and National LCEF Representatives as to how he could reach over one million people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As co-founder of a national fitness enterprise called “Snap Fitness,” Chad was willing to turn his business ability into reaching the lost for Jesus Christ.

Church with Muscle

After graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis with a degree as Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP), Chad began the fitness ministry at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Hastings, Minnesota. The ministry was named, “ReDo Fitness, A Church with Muscle.” (

The community noticed the attention Chad’s ministry was making. He has Hispanics, Blacks, Asians, Muslims, Atheists, etc. showing up and asking questions. All this time Jesus is being proclaimed and souls are being won for Christ for eternity.

The result is what’s happening above the fitness center in the church sanctuary; worship, baptism, communion, confirmation and weddings. Chad has not reached one million people yet, but he’s working at it with the help of the Holy Spirit.

A Church with Muscle? Faith and Fitness Come Together- Chad Kirchoff ReDO Fitness

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