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[SITE FULL] Trondhjem Lutheran Church

Address:7525 Garfield Ave
Baptized Membership:600
Confirmed Membership:320
Average Sunday Attendance:160
Paid Staff:Pastor, Administrative Assistant, Adult Choir Director, Organist/Pianist
Access to Public Transit:None
Congregation Description:Trondhjem Lutheran Church in Lonsdale is a suburban church. 80% of our adult members commute to work. We are a very young congregation, demographically the youngest in the Southeastern Minnesota Synod.

We are on the leading edge of the challenges facing the ELCA in terms of how it will exist in 20 years.

We have been profoundly affected by the housing debacle with 16% of our members or former members having been through foreclosure.

We worship at 8 am and 10 am on Sundays with the earlier service being more traditional and the later being more contemporary. Our educational activities are focused on children and youth and occur on Wednesdays and Sundays. Adult education opportunities are sparsely attended.

We are active in our involvement with the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf, Rice County Habitat for Humanity, and other mission projects.

The ELCA has not figured out how to reach out to the under 40 year old adult groups in a way that causes them to support the local congregation with their time or financial support. This is our challenge too.
Congregation Keywords:suburban, young, biblically progressive, welcoming, open communion practice

Mentor Pastor: Howard White

Years in Ordained Ministry:35
Years in Current Position:7
Previous Students Supervised:0
Autobiography:I began my ministry in Montana and have also served congregations in Iowa, Wisconsin, and now in Minnesota. I have served rural congregations, small city congregations, and suburban congregations. For fifteen years I was a program director for The James Company assisting congregations in capital fundraising and stewardship. I worked with more than 100 congregations and helped them to raise more than $80 million.

I am the father of four children, and now have six grandchildren. I graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with an A.B. degree in religious studies. My M.Div. was earned at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. I have completed one basic unit of CPE and four advanced units of CPE.

I read a variety of things and attend the annual Professional Leaders Conference of my synod. I attended the continuing event at Luther Seminary entitled "Navigating the Great Recession." I am especially appreciative of the work of Marcus Borg and John Shelby Spong, but would note that their theological ancestor, John A.T. Robinson, wrote all the same kinds of things 40 years previously. Some of my best continuing education comes from newly graduated seminarians who are now pastors and are in the pericope group I attend weekly.

In the Lonsdale community I am the Treasurer of the Lonsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, serving on its Board of Directors. I am also on the Board of Directors of the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf, having led it from a city of Lonsdale program to one that is handled by the churches and interested community members.

I am an avid golfer, try to be a gardener, and enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.