“Consider now, the Lord has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be courageous and act.”
— 1 Chronicles 28:10

Local church builders in Apple Valley, MN


Vanman Architects and Builders, Inc. has specialized in the architecture and construction of religious facilities since 1957. Throughout our history of creating religious spaces, we have grown to understand the importance of designing and building with the congregation in mind.

We understand that every church has a unique ministry, and we strive to design and build beautiful facilities that fit the needs for each specific ministry goal.

As both church architects and church builders, we see our clients through the entire process from initial vision to dedication. We strive to bring transparency to our clients with accurate cost estimates and honest construction timelines. Learn more about our process and how we can deliver on your vision by contacting us today.

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At Vanman, we maintain an architectural staff of licensed professionals who place a high priority on listening to each congregation’s vision of the future, program requirements, and budget.

In this open relationship between architect and building committee, we put forth a number of design possibilities for review and evaluation. We listen to our clients to perfect these religious building designs in order to enhance their ministry and inspire their congregation.

Through it all, our architectural staff is sensitive to the traditions and heritage of each individual house of worship. It is our desire that out of this cooperative venture will emerge an exciting, functional, and beautiful space.


Our firm offers complete construction services including the design-build method, general contracting and construction management.

We are experts in all of these areas and have built our reputation on the design-build method of construction. Working as a team has many advantages, including:

  • Transparent communication throughout the design and construction processes
  • One contact person for all your architecture and construction questions
  • Establishing cost early, and sticking to the budget

All of these features enable us to keep our projects within the established time and cost parameters.


Our architectural and construction staffs work together from the start to evaluate the costs of the design.

Daily communication between our architects and our project managers concerning selection of materials, installation details and structural systems helps to achieve the highest value for every project.

One of our top priorities is keeping projects within the allocated budget. Completing a building on budget will greatly enhance its success in meeting ministry goals.



When Good Shepherd Lutheran Church needed more space we started by taking out their unused courtyard to expand their narthex and worship space. The loss of the courtyard was reconciled with a fresh outdoor patio.


The original River Valley Church started in a warehouse, slowly occupying more space as the other tenants moved out. The Shakopee campus pays homage to its roots with precast panels surrounding the 1,000-seat auditorium.


Contact us today to see how we can help
your ministry.