Teaching Congregations transitioned to Christian Public Leader at the end of the 2013 – 2014 academic year. In 2014 - 2015, Teaching Congregations will be offered only to students completing their graduation requirements as per the distributive curriculum. This will remain a non-credit degree requirement. Students and supervisors should be in touch with Contextual Learning at contextuallearning@luthersem.edu.

CHRISTIAN PUBLIC LEADER SITE LIST

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The Site List below is for the Teaching Congregations program. In 2014 - 2015, Teaching Congregations will be offered only to students completing their graduation requirements as per the distributive curriculum. This will remain a non-credit degree requirement. Students and supervisors should be in touch with Contextual Learning at contextuallearning@luthersem.edu prior to contacting sites on this list.

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[SITE FULL] Northern Light UMC/United Methodist Church of Anoka

Address:850 South Street
City:Anoka
State:MN
Zip:55303
Phone:763-421-2378
Fax:
Web:northernlightramsey.org
Email:umcanoka@gmail.com
Demonination:United Methodist
Baptized Membership:500
Confirmed Membership:500
Average Sunday Attendance:275
Paid Staff:Sr. Pastor., Assoc. Pastor, Youth Director, Children's Ministry Director, Music Director, full-time office manager, several part-time music directors and two part-time administrators
Access to Public Transit:bus service to Anoka
Congregation Description:Kevin Coder will be working with our Northern Light campus in Ramsey. It is a new faith community which started in January, 2012. Average worship attendance at the 5 p.m. contemporary service on Sunday is fifty. We have a Sunday School hour beforehand and an adult faith formation group afterward. We participate in local parades, outreach projects (i.e. Feed My Starving Children) and partner with the United Methodist Church of Anoka, the mother campus, sharing musicians and the like. We host M.A.D.D. Victim Awareness Panels and a recovery ministry. Kevin has been hired as our Director of Community Outreach.
Congregation Keywords:exurbia, young families, conservative, multi-site church plant, contemporary worship

Mentor Pastor: Lyndon Zabel

Email:jkzabel@aol.com
Phone:952-465-2140
Years in Ordained Ministry:27
Years in Current Position:3
Previous Students Supervised:0
Autobiography:Born and raised in MN in the UMC tradition. Graduated with a degree in Humanities from Moorhead State College in 1979 and M. Div. from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 1985. Was a full-time professional musician before becoming ordained. Married with three grown children. Currently reading includes Leading Beyond the Walls (Adam Hamilton), Missional Renaissance (Reggie McNeal), The Sacred Way (Tony Jones) and When Helping Hurts (Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert). Current community involvement includes Family Promise of Anoka County, CROP Walk, and various mission trips, both local and international. I still play in several jazz groups around town.