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Important note: The following listing includes Christian Public Leader mentor sites for Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students from Fall 2014. New sites for Fall 2015 will be posted in mid-August.

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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

Address:1575 Charlton St
City:West St. Paul

Student Information

What kind of Christian Public Leader student would be right for you:We do have 2 students currently, and we would like to host 2 more. The right students for us are students who enjoy hands-on learning opportunities. We invite our students to learn through doing: teaching, leading, and planning. We invite students to get experience where they're interested. We also are ministry partners with Pueblo de Fe Lutheran Spanish-speaking ministry; so if a student would prefer to learn with Pueblo de Fe, that is welcome.
How many students have you worked with in the past:1
How many rising students or seminarians do you work with currently:2
For this coming semester, what is the maximum number of students with whom you could work:4
What is the optimal length of learning for students working with you:1 semester|2 semesters|4 semesters
Why would this length of time be best:While we feel it works well for students to be with us for 2 academic years, we are open to students being with us for any length of time that complements their coursework.

Site Information

Site keywords:* first-ring suburban * revitalization * Spanish-speaking Latino ministry * Ministry to the Ismlamic World through Lutheran Mideast Development(Turkey)
What is your congregation or nonprofit organization all about:Connecting to God, each other, and the world.
Please tell us a bit about your site:St. Stephen's Lutheran Church is located on the corner of Charlton & Wentworth in West St. Paul. We are just north of the Dodge Nature Center and just west of a large block of apartment buildings and condominiums.

Our congregation was planted by Danish immigrants in St. Paul in 1882 and moved to its current location in 1960.

We have worship Sundays at 8:30am and 10:45am each September through May, with one service at 9:30am beginning the Sunday before Memorial Day and ending on the Sunday before Labor Day. We also host an alternative worship service at 5pm Saturdays throughout the year.

Our building is also home to Pueblo de Fe, a Spanish speaking Lutheran worshiping community. We share communion with Pueblo de Fe and work collaboratively with their ministry developer. Pueblo de Fe hosts Spanish worship at noon year-round.
Please tell us what a student can learn at your site:There are opportunities for students to lead where they'd like: planning or assisting with worship; teaching adults or children; working with Pueblo de Fe's ministry or with Lutheran Mideast Development.

This congregation enjoys a strong community feel, but we seek to share that with a younger crowd as well.

Mentor Information: Cassie Nault

Current position:Associate Pastor
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a Christian public leader:Before serving at St. Stephen's, I served at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul, completed internship at Diamond Lake Lutheran in Minneapolis, and my Youth Ministry Internship at Champlin United Methodist. I graduated from Luther Seminary with my M.Div. and a concentration in CYF Ministries in 2008. At St. Stephen's, I supervise children, youth, and family ministries; education; worship; and missions. I have shared pastoral duties with the senior pastor.

My goal for my work is to minister to people where they're at in life. I'm continually surprised by where that work takes me.

My personal life is not really separate from my life as Christian Public Leader: I like to spend time with my husband, our young sons, and our chocolate-lab-looking dog, Schoko. I enjoy gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, music, and German culture and language.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself as a mentor of students:We all take different paths toward becoming a Christian leader: I'm fascinated by the depth and background of each student I meet. I have found that group supervision has worked well for this program: the group of 3-4 students and a pastor (usually me, sometimes the senior pastor) meet monthly to discuss any issues or learning topics that have come up over the course of the month. I'm always open to meeting one on one if needed. I prefer to allow the student to name where s/he wants to learn.