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St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran

Address:2742 15th Ave S.

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:St. Paul's is a dynamic bilingual, multicultural church in the midst of the youngest and most diverse neighborhood in Minnesota. We are looking for seminarians who are committed, hopeful and willing to take a risk. Spanish language is a plus, but students have served well here without it. Initiative, creativity and vision are what we need most.
How many students have you worked with in the past:20
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:1
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:2
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:In order to build relationships in the congregation and community and to understand community dynamics, you need time. Deepening of engagement enables ministry to flourish.

Site Information

Site keywords:There would be ample opportunity to teach and preach, in both formal and informal settings; design and lead a variety of styles of worship, work in evangelism, service and justice ministries, mentor youth, and work with senior citizens, all in a multicultural setting. Unique opportunities for ministry include the free clinic in our building, and our Semilla arts program, which uses mosaics, murals, photography and writing as tools for transformation.
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:We were started by Swedish immigrants in 1887, and now are majority immigrants from Latin America. We have wonderful partnerships with area schools, block clubs, community gardens, business and community groups. We use arts and youth programs to connect with our neighborhood and make a difference. It is rarely dull here. The pastoral team is a bilingual, bicultural married couple--Luisa and Patrick Cabello Hansel.
Please tell us a bit about your site:Almost 129 years ago, 12 people had a vision for a new place of welcome in south Minneapolis. We're continuing that now in a radically different context. The vision we're living into at present can be summed up as: "Nurturing God's disciples, planting love and faith in the community." We develop leaders through an action/reflection model, trying new things, and celebrating--a lot.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:The environment, misuse of power, poverty and immigration are big issues, as is exploring how spirituality informs those issues. We have lots of young families, an arts program that has taught over 2000 people and produced 22 murals. We host a free clinic and 5 12-step groups. We don't have enough money or volunteers or time to do everything we want--which makes the work challenging but fulfilling.

Mentor Information: Patrick Cabello Hansel

Current position:Co-pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Graduate of St. Olaf and Christ Seminary Seminex. I read a lot, in a lot of fields, am part of a support and accountability group, go to trainings and conferences when I can. I am also a professional writer--poetry, fiction and essays--and gain great ministry strength from that. My wife, Luisa and I were called by St. Paul's in 2005 to re-root the congregation in its community and reach out to the growing Latino community. My goals are simply to use my gifts and talents to inspire, encourage and equip others to be flavorful disciples. I was raised a Roman Catholic, went to Mass every day, loved the mystics even as a child, became an atheist in high school, went through a conversion while working with the poor in Chicago, and ended up working with Mark Hanson my senior year in college in his first parish. I have served poor, multicultural communities in the Bronx, Philadelphia and now Minneapolis, and am passionate about justice. Read my blog at
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:I don't know if I can define it, but in a nutshell it would be living Micah 6:8 and encouraging others to do. I thrived with supervision where we held each other accountable, and were honest about our struggles. I prefer to give a lot of responsibility to mentees, expect a lot from each other and talk and pray collegially.