Spirit Garage was started in the fall of 1997 as an attempt to create a Christian faith community for young people living in Uptown and for people who would not normally feel comfortable in a “traditional” church. The name Spirit Garage and the tagline of “the church with the really big door” were developed in the first year of Spirit Garage’s existence and seem to sum up the goals of the community pretty well.

Spirit Garage worshipped in a school gym before moving to the Theatre Garage in Uptown for a few years. The Music Box Theater on Nicollet was the next home. In January 2016 SG relocated to the Longfellow neighborhood, with worship at the Hook and Ladder Theater on Sunday mornings and other events at various places around the neighborhood.

These days, people of all ages, abilities, religious understandings, genders and sexualities and races come to Spirit Garage, and all are welcome.

Spirit Garage was started with the help of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities. Bethlehem continues to support Spirit Garage through financial gifts, prayers, and organizational structure.

Spirit Garage is also a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).