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St. Mark's Ev. Lutheran Church

Address:2499 N. Helen Street
City:North St. Paul
Baptized Membership:2100
Confirmed Membership:1400
Average Sunday Attendance:500
Paid Staff:Senior Pastor, Pastor of Faith Formation, Music Director, Music Assistant/organist, Youth Associate, Children's Ministry Associate, Intern Pastor, Hospitality/Drama Coordinator, Publications Associate, Admin Assist, custodian
Access to Public Transit:Bus route 64
Congregation Description:St. Mark's is a 125 year old congregation that has a history of serving outside the box. We are in an inner ring suburban setting with a changing neighborhood, across from North High School. Sunday worship is at 8:45 (traditional); and 10:15 (contemporary/accessible style). Wednesday family worship is at 6:00 for all who are in confirmation, youth group, JAM (Jesus and Me), their leaders and families. St. Mark's is known for its drama program for all ages; for its youth ministry; its music ministry; its social ministry, and its mission--including fully supporting an oprhanage in India and strong connection to Kihesa Church in Iringa, Tanzania.
Congregation Keywords:Inner ring suburban; traditional and innovative; Minnesota nice pasive/aggressive (on a bad day), warm and supportive most other days.

Mentor Pastor: Steven Nelson

Years in Ordained Ministry:36
Years in Current Position:8
Previous Students Supervised:11 interns
Autobiography:I was a double widower and single parent of a 7-year old until I married Liz in November 2010. I spent the bulk of my career in Wisconsin, mostly as pastor/developer and pastor of Christ the King in Combined Locks. I am a 1972 graduate of Augsburg College, 1976 graduate of Northwestern Seminary (just before it became Luther), and I received a D. Min from LSTC in 1992. My thesis was on helping congregations discover God's vision for them.
Currently I am called to use some of my pastor/developer skills in helping St. Mark's adjust to, and thrive within, a changing community and culture. For fun Liz and I enjoy my 350Z Roadster and Honda Harley motorcycle, travel, and being with the seven children in our blended family.