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St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Address:2136 Carter Avenue
City:Saint Paul
Baptized Membership:330
Confirmed Membership:250
Average Sunday Attendance:160
Paid Staff:Rector: Blair Pogue
Associate: Dwight Zscheile
Associate for Pastoral Care: Bob Hardman
Campus Ministry Leader: Lisa Wiens Heinsohn
Director of Youth and Intergenerational Faith Formation: Terese Lewis
Director of Children's Ministries and Communications: Lis Christenson
Office Manager: Sue Ladehoff
Sunday Night Music Leader: Jeff Kidder
Sunday Morning Music Leader: Michael Compton
Bookkeeper: Nigel Spottiswood
Nursery Coordinator: Robyn Johnson

Access to Public Transit:St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is located four blocks from Luther Seminary. It is accessible from the #3 Bus Route.
Congregation Description:St. Matthew's Episcopal Church is...

+ A missional church devoted to discerning what God is up to through ongoing "wondering" conversations with church members and our neighbors in Saint Anthony Park and the Twin Cities

+ A faith community desiring to participate in God's life-giving, reconciling, redeeming work in the world

+ A sacramental community in which the Eucharist is the main Sunday service

+ A community rooted in spiritual practices including worship, prayer, hospitality, healing, service, silence and stewardship

+ A community called to participate in five local and global social justice ministries on an ongoing basis

+ A university church located mere steps from thousands of Minnesota college students. Many of our members are University of Minnesota students, alumni, faculty or staff

+ A hospitality-centered Christian community that has grown by 50% in the last couple of years. Much of our recent growth has come from people outside the Episcopal tradition

+ A diverse community striving to look more like God's Kingdom where church members from eleven non-Western European nations worship every week

+ A generative community that creates intentional space for the arts and musical variety in worship

+ An intergenerational community that seeks the intermingling of Christians at different stages of life

+ A community of faith that was recently awarded a 2-year grant by ECUSA to pursue innovative college campus ministry in our neighborhood. We have used this grant to launch an exciting campus ministry, which includes a contemporary, intergenerational evening service and a free drop-in dinner.
Congregation Keywords:urban, multi-cultural, open, missional, campus ministry

Mentor Pastor: Blair Pogue
Years in Ordained Ministry:12
Years in Current Position:7
Previous Students Supervised:4
Autobiography:I was ordained in 2000 after graduating from Yale Divinity School with an M.Div. Before that I spent six years studying religious history at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. St. Matthew's is my third call since ordination. Prior to this call I served as the Associate for Adult Christian Formation at Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, Virginia, and the Assistant Rector at Trinity, Upperville in Virginia.

Currently I am a Doctor of Ministry candidate in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary. I believe strongly in continuing education, reading as much as possible, and staying connected to colleagues and friends in clergy support groups and for fun.

My husband Dwight Zscheile (Assistant Professor of Theology at Luther Seminary) and I met in divinity school. We have a nine year old son and live in Shoreview. Juggling my work at St. Matthew's, D.Min work at Luther, and the busy social life of an extroverted nine-year-old means I don't have too much time left over for community involvement -- other than my community involvement in St. Anthony Park as the Rector of St. Matthew's. I have coached about six of my son's soccer teams, and am mentoring a group of new Episcopal clergy through a program called Fresh Start. In addition to reading and spending time with my husband and friends I enjoy exercise, theatre, dance and sporting events.

I'm passionate about campus ministry and thrilled that we received a two-year grant to launch ministry with the University of Minnesota and Hamline University. It is exciting to continue to learn what God is up to at St. Matthew's and in the neighborhood, and to explore new ways to open up the treasures of Anglican and liturgical Christian worship to new Christians or those new to liturgy and the Eucharist.

I love to collaborate with and mentor young Christian leaders -- lay and ordained -- and am thankful for St. Matthew's proximity to Luther Seminary.