|What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:||St. Michael’s would engage a student who appreciates liturgical worship, would like to be part of a congregation committed to providing educational opportunities that help to nurture a deep and mature faith, that values helping people make a connection between faith and how one can be part of the answer to the prayer that God’s kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven, and being part of a congregation where people are welcoming and seek to nurture friendships that are life giving.|
|How many students have you worked with in the past:||45 + over the last 25+ years|
|How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:||2 students who are on internship|
|For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:||3|
|What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:||4 semesters|
|Why would this length of time be best:||It provides the opportunity for a student to go beyond a surface acquaintance with members and the life and ministry of a congregation. Also, throughout the two years the students will have an opportunity to discuss how what they are learning in their course work might be implemented as part of their ministry in a congregation|
|Site keywords:||worship,commissioned liturgies,committed to the common good, education, mature faith, generous stewards, engaged youth,food,fun,fellowship,grace, music, inclusive, benevolence|
|What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:||Gather...Nurture...Send |
At St. Michael's Lutheran Church we gather to have our faith in God nurtured that we might be sent into the world secure in God's love and to care for all people in God's name. That is our mission. That is our ministry.
• A moderately sized congregation composed of families, couples, and singles of a variety of ages and backgrounds, all people are welcome at St. Michael's - able to bring with them their joys and sorrows, their hopes and fears, their dreams and doubts.
• We are a community of faith where worship engages participants and helps foster an experience of God's presence and grace.
• We are a congregation that understands that developing a mature faith is a life-long journey, knowing that questions, doubts, and discoveries are part of learning and growing in faith.
• We are a church passionately committed to making a difference in the lives of people in need - making tangible the care, compassion and love that is the very character of God.
• We are a community of faith that seeks to help equip people with the insight, courage, and support they need to live out their faith in the world.
St. Michael's also serves as the home for Northern Voices Oral School for children who are deaf.
|Please tell us a bit about your site:||St. Michael's began as a mission congregation of the LCA in 1952. |
Gather...Nurture...Send At St. Michael's Lutheran Church we gather to have our faith in God nurtured that we might be sent into the world secure in God's love and to care for all people in God's name. That is our mission. That is our ministry.
Lives and leaders are shaped through regular participation in worship,education,service and times of fellowship.
|Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:||St. Michael's is a community of faith that welcomes questions and doubts. Any academic or theological issue can be explored. |
St. Michael's has a long history of commitment to issues of social justice. Through our involvement in Loaves and Fishes, Keystone Community Food Shelf, Panera bread repackaging, ELCA World Hunger, sandwich making for Union Gospel Mission, and the Roseville home delivered meals program we seek to feed the hungry. Through our partnership in Holy Hammers Hammers/Habitat for Humanity we seek to provide affordable housing. Through our partnership with LSS and commitment to Rezek House we are helping to address homelessness. Through our work with W.A.N.D-Women Achieving New Directions, StarFish Adopt-a-Family, and Roseville Community Support Network we work to provide mentoring and assistance to individual families struggling to move forward in their lives. Through our bandage rolling, quilting and work at Global Health Ministries we seek to provide comfort and help to those who are sick. As a congregation we see all people as beloved children of God and are committed to seeing them treated with equality. We support the work of the Non-Violent Peace Force. We are a partner with the Lutheran Church in Cimiento, Guatemala.
We are also committed to not simply addressing immediate needs but addressing the systemic and underlying causes that create the needs and therefore encourage members to be thoughtfully engaged in advocacy.
St. Michael's members are eager to learn and serve which creates a dynamic environment to develop a deep and mature faith. Members are generous with their time, talent and money. At 19%, The percentage of our income that is committed to benevolence is the highest in the Saint Paul Area Synod and among the highest in the entire ELCA. St. Michael's is one of only a handful of congregations that has increased the amount given to the ELCA every year since the ELCA was formed.
Located in the Twin Cities we have access to exceptional teachers on a wide variety of topics.
The community of Roseville is becoming significantly more ethnically diverse and St. Michael's will need to understand how best to invite and engage these new residents.
|Current position:||Senior Pastor|
|Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:||I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsion and Luther Seminary. |
Most of my continuing education comes through focused reading and periodic participation in seminars.
I came to St. Michael's 37 years ago as the Associate Pastor and have continued to serve the congregation throughout my career.
We have a new Associate Pastor, Ali Ferin, a recent graduate of Luther Seminary. Part of my immediate goal is to provide whatever help she needs to become fully and successfully engaged in the ministry of the congregation.
While on internship I participated in a seminar on Human Sexuality put on by LSS and the U of M. It helped shaped my understanding of homosexuality and my commitment to supporting the rights of GLBT persons. I have had the privilege of presiding at the marriage of a same sex couple and was involved in speaking against the proposed amendment in MN that would have prohibited same sex marriage.
Experiencing a severe depression five years into ministry gave me a deep appreciation for the work of skilled counselors and has helped me to minister to people with depression and other mental health issues in a profoundly different way. Having my wife diagnosed with breast cancer shaped my faith and gave me a deeper appreciation for the role of the community in providing comfort, strength and facilitating healing. Being a father of a daughter has shaped my life, faith and ethical convictions.
I have been blessed to have several professors that have had a significant influence on my faith and ethical convictions. Writers that have influenced me include Henri Nouwen, Marcus Borg, Douglas John Hall, Peter Gomes, Fredrick Buechner, Earnest Campbell, Fred Craddock, Ted Loder, John Dominic Crossan, Sister Joan Chittister, Brian McLaren, Shane Claiborne, and Abraham J. Heschel.
I also currently serve on the board of HealthEast Care System in St. Paul. I have served as the chair of the Quality Committee, on the Executive Committee, as Vice-Chair and currently as the Chair of the board. In many ways I see this as an extension of my ministry as I seek to help lead HealthEast in creating optimal health and well-being for the patients served, the staff who are part of the system, and for the community in which we are located. I also find the work, and the people with whom I serve to be engaging and stimulating.
|Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:||Christian public leadership is about seeking to faithfully embody the Gospel in the world.|
I enjoy being in regular conversation with students, hearing their questions about life, faith and ministry, and sharing experiences and insights gained over serving as a parish pastor for the last 37 years.
I see myself as a mentor and someone who can connect students to resources they can turn to in the years ahead.