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Galilee Evangelical Lutheran Church

Address:145 N. McCarrons Blvd
Baptized Membership:213
Confirmed Membership:190
Average Sunday Attendance:57
Paid Staff:pastor (full time); music director, organists, bell choir director, custodians (all part time).
Access to Public Transit:The church borders Rice Street between Hwy 36 and Larpenteur Ave. on a bus route.
Congregation Description:Galilee was founded 51 years ago in a suburban community and is a neighborhood church primarily serving southeast Roseville and western Maplewood. The neighborhood is substantially changing and quiet diverse both in terms of ethnicity and income. Galilee is a multicultural congregation with African-American, African immigrant, Latino and Euro-American members. We have one worship service at 9:30 am each Sunday followed by Sunday School and adult forum. There also is a Bible study on Thursdays at 11:00 am. On Wednesday evenings we host our GLOW program (Galilee Live On Wednesday), which is an outreach to neighborhood children and their families. While we have a companion congregation in Tanzania as well as involvement in other global faith communities, we see our mission to be primarily grounded in the neighborhood. Finally, we believe that God is concerned about the whole person, and that seeking a more just and peaceful world is integral to our mission. Galilee is a member of ISAIAH, a faith-based community organization dedicated to making this a more just society.
Congregation Keywords:neighborhood, multicultural

Mentor Pastor: Ralph Baumgartner

Years in Ordained Ministry:36
Years in Current Position:3
Previous Students Supervised:4
Autobiography:I have served in Mexico, Texas and St. Paul in Hispanic ministries, 1973-1988. From 1995-2008 I served as Assistant to the Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod. I have been in my current call at Galilee since 2008. My passion is outreach and developing a multicultural church. I enjoy continuing education courses about the Bible, and I read both theology, general history, and mysteries. My hobbies include camping in northern Minnesota, cycling, and traveling in Latin America. I am married to Katherine, who is an assistant professor of nursing at Augsburg College. We have two adult children, Matthew age 25 and Ana age 23, and both are living on their own.