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[SITE FULL] St. James Lutheran

Address:3650 Williams Drive
Baptized Membership:1726
Confirmed Membership:1512
Average Sunday Attendance:347
Paid Staff:Lead Pastor
Pastor of Congregational Life
Parish Adminstrator
Minister of Music
Discipling Mission Steward
Office and Communications Assistant
AV Support
music directors
Access to Public Transit:St. James is accessible by automobile.
Congregation Description:St. James is a suburban, program-based, congregation that serves the communities of Savage and Burnsville. We worship each Sunday with two traditional worships (8:30 and 11:00) with an education/fellowship time between. St. James has a staff of two pastors (Lead Pastor and Pastor of Congregational Life), a parish administrator, education/youth coordinator, a communications specialist, a Minister of Music, and a variety of support staff (in both paid and unpaid positions). Always strong in Children's education, recently, St. James increased its Adult Education program. After recent schedule changes in January 2010, the number of Adult participating weekly in adult ed. increased from four to over sixty. Our Wednesday Night program has also recently undergone a transformation. We are a congregation that has been in transition. Recent staff changes and restructuring has been a part of this transition. That said, we are living into new patterns of being a congregation and responding to our mission of praising God and serving others. Whereas this is a challenge, it is one that has also been a source of new birth.
Congregation Keywords:suburban, large,

Mentor Pastor: Walt Lichtenberger

Years in Ordained Ministry:15
Years in Current Position:3.5
Previous Students Supervised:1
Autobiography:I have been serving St. James as Lead Pastor since February of 2009. Prior to this call, I was a pastor on the staff of Faith Lutheran Church in New Jersey - where I served for twelve years. Finding staff ministry a calling, and the opportunities to lead a staff severly limited in New Jersey (there were only four other congregations with more than one pastor on staff when we decided to move), I moved to the St. Paul Area Synod and accepted the call to St. James.
I was ordained in 1997 (after having graduated from Gettysburg Theological Seminary)and this is my fourteenth year of serving Christ's church as a pastor. While still working in the parish (my love is parish ministry) I completed a Master's of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)in preaching from Phildelphia Theological Seminary. My thesis focused on the social justice preaching of Desmond Tutu and its relevance for preaching in the suburban congregation. I recently graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond Virginia with a Doctor of Ministry. My work in this degree program has been centered on Eucharist. My final project focused on liturgical sacramental renewal in suburban congregations and how that renewal can serve to revitalize mission.
In my previous parish, I was the Chairperson of an Interfaith Clergy Association - which I helped to found. I also served on the Synodical level as the Chairperson of the Synod Discipling Mission Team.
My interests include woodworking and woodcarving, hiking, snowshoing, cross country skiing, hiking, and spending time with my family. I am the proud father of two boys (Ages 9 and 12). My wife and I live in Savage and enjoy Minnesota.