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[SITE FULL] Roseville Lutheran Church

Address:1215 Roselawn Ave W
Baptized Membership:3100
Confirmed Membership:2460
Average Sunday Attendance:985
Paid Staff:16 Full time staff
Access to Public Transit:City bus two blocks from church
Congregation Description:Roseville is a 70 year old congregation planted in a first ring suburb of St. Paul. It sits in a residential neighborhood of single family homes. This is a middle-class community, with all the attending issues of a first ring suburbs, and also with bustling retail and recreational locations.

There are four weekly worship services; Saturday evening at 5PM, which is a relaxed style. Sunday at 8 is a 30-minute service, including weekly communion. 9AM is the flagship service featuring the senior choir, and 11AM is contemporary with an array of musical accompaniment.

Education happens largely on Sunday morning at 10:10 for children and adults, and Wednesday evening, with a meal, and many educational opportunities. Wednesday morning there is a pastor-led bible study with 100 people in attendance.

We have both financial and personal involvement with Slovokia and Tanzania and Peru. Locally, we have regular service opportunities with Dorothy Day Center, Feed My Starving Children, Loaves and Fishes; we have an active quilting group, a feeding ministry, and our building is a popular setting for conferences, events, receptions, etc.

RLC is currently in the midst of major transition. In the summer of 2013, two beloved pastors left the congregation. There is some anger, grief and wonder about this, in addition to the uncertainty that always comes with interim. Because the staff already had an open clergy position, we are left with one full-time and one half-time pastoral staff. The interim may last up to two years, and we will be reassessing our identity and our vision for the future during this time.
Congregation Keywords:Suburban, active, programmatic, musically gifted, serious, traditional, somewhat rogue, big, somewhat dysfunctional, good staff, living on its laurels, anxious, sort of warm, complex.

Mentor Pastor: Steven Molin

Years in Ordained Ministry:31
Years in Current Position:Six months
Previous Students Supervised:6
Autobiography:I grew up in Roseville in an unchurched family and came to faith through Young LIfe. I then started worshipping with my friends at Como Park Lutheran Church

After graduating from Concordia College-St. Paul, I received my M.A. from Luther and spent 8 years as an area director with Young Life (Rochester and Stillwater). I returned to Luther and received my Mdiv in 1982 and have served congregations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Salem Oregon, and Stillwater, Minnesota.

In 2004 I received the Lilly Endowment and spent seven weeks in Wittenberg Germany, "breathing Luther." Six years later, I returned for two weeks to preach at The City Church and The Castle Church.

Over the years i have done a lot of coaching hockey and baseball. I have also served on United Way Board, a community feeding ministry in Sioux Falls called "The Banquet" and numerous local ministerium leadership positions.

In addition to professional reading, I enjoy reading biographies and crime novels (Swedish author Henning Mankell is my favorite). I enjoy watching sports, and spending time with my wife, grown children, and three grandchildren.