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

IMPORTANT NOTE

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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First Lutheran Church

Address:822 Douglas Street
City:Alexandria
State:MN
Zip:56308-1799
Phone:320-762-2196
Fax:320-762-2196
Web:www.firstlutheranalexandria.com
Email:firstlutheranalexandria.com
Demonination:ELCA
Baptized Membership:2557
Confirmed Membership:1926
Average Sunday Attendance:764
Paid Staff:Full time Staff Pastors - 3, Youth and Children -2, Worship Director - 1, Volunteer Coordinator -1, Custodian- 1, Office-2,

Part time staff - Parish Nurse 1, Custodian - 3, Music Staff - 6. Also, is a Community Nursery School with a Full Time Director and 4 teachers.
Access to Public Transit:In Alexandria there is not a public transit system. The church is centrally located in the downtown area.
Congregation Description:Worship Schedule is four services per weekend. Various education programs occurring on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Congregation Keywords:First Lutheran is a vibrant faith community located in a city of 10000+ in rural Minnesota. We own 27 acres and are in the process of Capital Campaign appeal to raise 6 million dollars over the next four years for a new building.

Mentor Pastor: Marilee Bergerson

Email:marilee.bergerson@firstlutheranalexandria.com
Phone:320-762-2196
Years in Ordained Ministry:16
Years in Current Position:2.5
Previous Students Supervised:2
Autobiography:Married for 44 years, 2 grown sons, graduate of Augsburg College with major in religion. 1997 graduate of Luther Seminary, St. Paul. In 3rd call. Reading interest is very broad from biographies to historical novels. Enjoy reading Beuchner, Bolz-Weber, Kirkegaard, McLaren, Willimon. Continuing ed - Alban Institute Vision for the Long Term Pastorate, Festival of Homiletics, Science and Religion, Boundary issues. In past have been member of Luther Crest Bible Camp board, on their call committee for new camp director, Habitat for Humanity, on call for hospital visits. I read, knit, garden, lefse maker, walking, (hoping to run a 5k next summer) try to find lake time. I love teaching adult bible study and leading a coffeehouse theology group.