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St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church

Address:1901 Portland Ave. S.

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:We are unabashedly and joyfully evangelical, involved deeply in our multicultural community, and committed to our world. We invite students who want to experience excellent scholarly content, warm evangelical culture and the life of a small, passionate congregation to come on board! We are an LCMC congregation, but open to students of any background.
How many students have you worked with in the past:65
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:0
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:5
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:We have a revolving four year curriculum for Contextual Leadership that's been built up over the past 26 years, all on practical ministry matters. I meet weekly with our students, 4-5 PM

Site Information

Site keywords:*Urban *Evangelical *Cross-Cultural- four congregations share bldg. *Vibrant & Friendly *Intense mentoring *Entrepreneurial- home to several non-profits
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:For over a century, our passion has been
1. cross-cultural missions
2. training and sending young people
Today those meet in our extensive educational programs "Teaching Christians to Build and Lead Cross-Cultural Ministries." We are the home to the Urban Studies program of two local universities. A warm, evangelical congregation that deeply loves its students. We are a home away from home; our job is to help get you through seminary.
Please tell us a bit about your site:St. Paul's is the fourth oldest Lutheran congregation, founded in 1872. It was the main church of the Hauge Synod in Minneapolis, and has continued in that warm, evangelical, simple style.
Our congregation shapes leaders through teaching 65 Contextual Leadership students; 450 students through our MissionShift Institute since 1995 and its U4C Urban Studies program with local universities.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:We encourage students to become actively involved in some area of the congregation's life. We are committed to producing articulate pastor-scholars. Three of our students have gone on to PhDs in NT at Fuller, Princeton & Emory. We are in a core-city neighborhood that is experiencing rebirth. Our members live all over the Twin Cities, and are deeply committed to the city. We are a small congregation in an ancient stone building. Always a lot of joyful challenges. Optimism!

Mentor Information: Roland Wells

Current position:Senior Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:I attended the University of Minnesota in Pre-Theology, with an emphasis in music, then Luther Seminary. I do lots of reading and am connected internationally with the "diaspora ministry" (immigrant) community. I came to St. Paul's in 1988 and we have grown together. My goal is the rebuilding of the congregation, as well as the creation of cross-cultural educational programs at the college and graduate levels. I have been shaped by many factors, including the "Jesus movement" of the 70s, world missions, a great love of people of other cultures, travel, fluency in Spanish, being an inveterate teacher, and merciless in puns.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:We create a non-threatening, supportive intentional community to surround the student in their time at sem. Seminary/candidacy makes you jump through many hoops. Our job is to lift you up and get you through. I try to get to know each of our students personally, and remain in regular touch with many of our graduates. I am open, friendly and we laugh a lot.