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[SITE FULL] Calvary Lutheran Church

Address:3901 Chicago Avenue S.
Denomination:Lutheran (ELCA)
Baptized Membership:205
Confirmed Membership:145
Average Sunday Attendance:88
Paid Staff:Pastor (FT); Church Administrator (FT); Music Director (12-15 hr/week); Food Shelf coordinator (5-10 hr/week)
Access to Public Transit:The church is accessible via bus. The number 5 bus runs north and south along Chicago Avenue. Additionally, the 38th street bus runs from the Hiawatha Light Rail station at 38th west to 38th and Chicago (one block from the church).
Congregation Description:Calvary is located at the intersection of four neighborhoods: Central, Bryant, Bancroft, and Powderhorn. Each neighborhood has a distinct flavor.

The community around the church is approximately 35-40% caucasian; 25% African-American; 25% Latino/Spanish speaking; 10-15% multi-racial, Native American, Asian American.

The church worships at 10:15 AM on Sunday morning with children's and adult education at 9:00 AM. We also have Prayer Around the Cross services on Wednesday evenings during Advent and Lent.

Significant programs and activities at the church include: weekly Emergency food shelf; the Urban Arts Academy (an organization founded by the church to teach kids about the arts and provide educational assistance and tutoring; it also includes a preschool program); musical productions; work on social justice issues (includes race, glbt issues, economic justice...and more); shared children's, youth, and family ministry program with Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and Bethel Lutheran Church; growing partnership with El Milagro Lutheran Church (housed at Calvary); the community rummage sale; various community events, meals, and educational programs.

The congregation continues to work on what it means to be grounded in this community--as a congregation we are 25% multi-racial, but tend to be quite middle class. We are also looking at how to be financially viable over the long-term.

The wonderful thing is that the congregation is vibrant, lives from a deep sense of abundance, and is committed to being community.
Congregation Keywords:Faithful, renewing, urban, young, liturgical, justice-oriented, progressive in theology and action, committed, inclusive, educated, mult-cultural, open to learning & possibilities.

Mentor Pastor: Bradley Froslee

Years in Ordained Ministry:8
Years in Current Position:3.5
Previous Students Supervised:6
Autobiography:Brad is a grew up in Vining, Minnesota (a small town of 82 people). He was active in church, 4-H, school, and community programs. Brad attended St. Olaf College majoring in Religion and Political Science. During the summers during college Brad worked at Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Following college, Brad received his M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he focused on Bible, Preaching, and ethics. During his time in Massachusetts, Brad did 12-20 hr/week contextual education at First Lutheran Church in Lynn, Massachusetts.

After a year on Cape Cod, Brad completed his Lutheran year at Luther seminary and then served as Vicar at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oakland, California, as part of the Horizon site program.

Going through candidacy as an openly gay man there were few calls available upon completion of seminary and internship. At this point Brad was called to and served for nearly five years a Presbyterian church in Minnetonka, MN.

For the last three and a half years Brad has served as solo pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis. At Calvary Brad is engaged in work with preaching and worship, children and youth, pastoral care, and social justice issues...as well as administration.

Outside of the congregation Brad is active in issues of racial, economic and glbt issues through Isaiah, CTUL, MN without Poverty, OutFront Minnesota, and Minnesotans United for All Families. Brad also serves as the program committee chair for the Proclaim (formerly ELM retreat), and as a guest speaker, presenter, and Bible study leader.

Brad enjoys writing poetry, doing genealogy, jogging, and spending time with family and friends. Brad is partnered and has a nineteen month old son.

Recent books include: Servant Leadership (Greenleaf), Plan B (Anne Lamott), The View from Delphi (Odell), The Grace of Silence (Norris). Last year Brad used continuing education to spend time at the Nobel Peace Museum in Oslo, Norway and visit Scandinavian churches.