Our Journey From The Beginning

Our church was officially formed in the Fall of 1990, after a strong season of prayer and planning. There were 14 charter members, coming out of Monticello Alliance Church (now Riverside) with a strong desire to start a solid gospel work in Clearwater…and that passion continues to the present day, over 30 years later!
We are “Tri-County” because we are located at the geographical hub of three central Minnesota counties (Wright, Stearns, and Sherburne) and we are “Alliance” because we are gratefully connected with the worldwide “Christian Missionary Alliance” movement that is laser focused on completing the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations!


David Fogal

Senior Pastor

Hi, I’m Dave and I have had the privilege of serving as Pastor of TCA Church since April of 2014. I have been married to the love of my life, Tera, for 27 years, and we have three amazing young adult sons. We moved to Clearwater from the Chicago area (Go Cubs Go!), where we had spent most of our lives. I graduated from Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN) in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and in Biblical Studies, and I am ordained in the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA). My heart is to consistently proclaim God’s Word with accuracy, clarity, and passion…and to do it in a way that hits real life. My heart is also to shepherd people not just from the pulpit, but also through relationships and personal care. I have always believed, as far as a ministry philosophy, that you can impress people from a distance, but you truly minister to them up close. I am a second-generation pastor, as well as a second career pastor…after serving in a business capacity at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for 17 years. While continually wanting to be in a posture of humility and learning, I am secure in the joy that God has called me to pastoral ministry with the mission of pointing people to Jesus…through whom alone is forgiveness for sin and eternal life! If I had to pick one, my life verse that I cling to time and again is 2 Timothy 1:12… “Yet I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” May God bless you in your life journey, and I look forward to hopefully connecting soon!

Megan Larson

Children's Ministry Director

Hello, my name is Megan Larson, and I am the Children’s Ministry Director here at Tri-County Alliance Church.  I began this role in the fall of 2018, and love working with our kids and families here at TCA! I believe that building foundational relationships with children and their families is what will keep them connected to the church as they get older, and that fostering a relationship with Christ is the most important part of ministry. I grew up in a strong Christian home and accepted Christ as my savior as a child.  I graduated from North Central university with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Biblical Studies.  My family and I live here in Clearwater.


Jake Lukkarila

Youth Ministry Director

Hi I am Jake! As a youth director, I strive to create an environment where our young people feel embraced, supported, and empowered to grow in their faith. We encourage open and honest discussions, challenging the youth to question, learn, and develop a personal relationship with Jesus. Our desire is to see the youth not just attend church, but to truly embrace their faith, carrying it with them as they navigate life's challenges. I have bachelor degrees in Missional Ministries (youth ministry) and psychology. My wife and I have been attending TCA since 2022 and love working with youth and helping them find purpose and meaning in Christ in this crazy world.

Cathy Chilson

Office Administrator

My husband Dale and I have been members of TCA since March 2003.  I was raised in a Christian family and Jesus became my Savior when I attended youth camp at 12 years of age. I've served as TCA's Office Administrator since the Fall of 2005.  It is a privilege to serve those who attend Tri-County Alliance Church, the pastor and staff.  I love being able to use my administrative gifts while completing a variety of tasks.  Dale and I raised 3 wonderful sons and have the added blessing of 11 grandchildren.   

One of my favorite Bible verses: Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving."


Our Beliefs

The Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God and is the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct. Jesus Christ will return and there will be a final judgement. He will come again to establish righteousness and peace.

The Church consists of all those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, are redeemed through His blood, and are born again of the Holy Spirit. There is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

For the complete doctrinal statement, please visit https://www.cmalliance.org/about/beliefs/

Tri County Alliance Through the Years: