|Address:||6039 40th Street North|
|Average Sunday Attendance:||160|
|Paid Staff:||Pastor - Full time|
Secretary - Full time, 32 hrs
Preschool Director - one half time
Preschool Lead Teacher - one half time
Luther Sem, CYF Intern - 15 hrs
Custodian - Quarter time
Music Coordinator - Quarter time
Worship Accompanist - Quarter time
|Access to Public Transit:||Multiple buses from Luther Seminary campus. We are 10 minutes from campus, east on Hwy. 36, and south on Century Ave.|
|Congregation Description:||1.Community around your congregation:|
The median age for Oakdale is 35, and neighboring North St. Paul is 36. There are many low income apartments and first time home buyer homes nearby. There are also a wide range of larger homes and homes and condominiums for elderly couples and singles nearby. The community is predominantly European decent, with many African immigrants, some African American and Hispanic. We also have a significant population of members with special needs and members from area group homes. We are two blocks from an elementary school and there are 20 Lutheran churches within 5 miles of our location including the very large, St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi. The median income for Oakdale is 63,000 and N. St. Paul 50,000. Many in this area work for 3M or are retired from 3M.
House of Prayer is a totally accessible space which currently holds worship twice on Sunday mornings with an educational hour between services for youth and adults. We have a weekly morning (9 to 12:30) preschool. We have a vibrant music ministry holding numerous musical rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday evenings and confirmation and youth activities on Wednesday evening. We also work to include regular intergenerational ministries and social events for fellowship.
House of Prayer currently gives nearly 20% of our budget to benevolence. This figure comes from an active partnership with a parish in Ifunda, Tanzania, and with many local ministries including but not limited to: ARCs Value Village, Feed My Starving Children, and The North St. Paul Food Shelf. We also hold annual fund raising events each year designating those funds to go to ministries such as Lutheran Disaster Response, Lutheran World Hunger, and Lutheran Social Services.
4. Transition issues and challenges:
This is a congregation that is a 45 year old mission start up that is now maturing with the founding members retiring. House of Prayer is very open to the gospel and has a heart for mission, but in a way that is part of the Christendom model. The challenge is currently to help the congregation grow in its mission focus and to look outward in service in relational ways in the immediate community. We are also working hard to deepen and vitalize faith in members and youth. We are currently working to build mentoring into our faith practices across all ministries.
|Congregation Keywords:||Welcoming, Inclusive, Inner-ring Suburban, Single-Pastor, Strong Music Ministry, Building Mentoring Ministry, Educationally Focused, Strong Social Ministry Focus.|
|Years in Ordained Ministry:||2|
|Years in Current Position:||2|
|Previous Students Supervised:||1|
|Autobiography:||Brief Autobiography: I am first and foremost a lifelong Christian who delights in walking with others on their faith journey and experiencing together those frequent and brief moments when God reveals wonders of faith with us. I am proud of my Lutheran heritage and our focus in Grace amidst life's difficulties. I have a wonderful family with four children ranging from 24 to 16. From a work perspective, I am a third career Pastor who, like Jonah, has finally found where God has called and sent me. In addition to my M.Div., I have an undergraduate degree in Religion and Music and a Masters degree in Counselor Education. Following three years as a church youth director, I earned my masters degree and greatly enjoyed 12 years in various higher education institutions where I was responsible for teaching leadership development, organizing new student/parent orientations, a host of campus activities and managing campus facilities. I had a brief six year corporate tenure as a manager in a leading Information Technology firm before attending seminary. God has prepared me well on my journey for work in Nineveh (the world)!|
Reading and Continuing Ed: I am part of an ongoing clergy book group who reads and discusses a book every six to eight weeks. We recently finished You Lost Me by David Kinnaman. We choose books from a wide range of topics; from what does vital ministry and mission look like to maintaining balance in our lives as pastors. I believe strongly in continuing education and take one to two classes each year. I also participate in a weekly Bible text study group discussing the texts for Sunday.
Community Involvement: I am currently involved in my children's educations as a parent; I read regularly for an elderly couple; I participate in most social ministry activities of our church and additionally volunteer regularly for Habitat and Feed My Starving Children. I also serve on the First Call Theological Educational planning team for the Saint Paul Synod.
Interests and Hobbies: I love to spend time with family, read, play competitive volleyball, work around the house, and play any kind of board game!