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St. Luke's Lutheran Church

Address:1701 Old Shakopee Rd.
Baptized Membership:1,300
Confirmed Membership:700
Average Sunday Attendance:300
Paid Staff:Senior Pastor
Associate Pastor
Minister of Worship and Music
Youth Director
Children's Ministry Director
Access to Public Transit:98th and Lyndale is a major bus stop location.
Congregation Description:St. Luke's is a first tier suburban congregation with a growing and changing community around the church. Many new, young families are moving in as seniors transition to other housing. We are located across from Bloomington city hall and city complex. St. Luke's is celebrating 90 years of mission in Bloomington with a close connection with VEAP, the largest food shelf in MN.
St. Luke's prides itself with a rich ministry of music and worship. The children's ministry is increasing in #s following a 5 year decline. The Confirmation program and Sr. High Youth program are stable at this time and are poised for growth in the next couple years.
We have two services each Sun: 8:30 (traditional ELW) and 10:00 contemporary. Sun. School is held on Sundays and Wed. nights are filled with children's programs, confirmation, children, youth, and adult choirs.
We are entering a Visioning process this fall and a new Capital Appeal campaign.
Congregation Keywords:Suburban, rich history, strong service DNA (food and clothing assistance), healthy (no scandals or staff misconduct in its history.

Mentor Pastor: Rev. Durk Peterson

Years in Ordained Ministry:24
Years in Current Position:1
Previous Students Supervised:None
Autobiography:I was raised in Kenyon, MN attending First Lutheran Church. I am married to Susan and we have two children: Eric-18 and Laura-20. We live in Maple Grove. I graduated from St. Olaf College and The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. From 1995-2003 I studied in the D. Min. program at Luther Seminary.
I've served congregations in Cedar Rapids, IA, Brooklyn Center, Hopkins, and Maple Grove (Sr. Pastor 2003-2009).
I am also a trained and certified interim pastor in the Mpls. Area Synod.

My continuing education has focused on stewardship and social media in recent years.
I volunteer as a mentor in STRIVE at Maple Grove Sr. High- an academic coaching program.
I am an avid golfer, trail biker, and swimmer. My reading interests include contemporary novels and biographies of key historical figures.