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First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights

Address:1555 40th Ave NE
City:Columbia Heights
Baptized Membership:1450
Confirmed Membership:
Average Sunday Attendance:277
Paid Staff:Pastors - 2; Youth Director; Children Ministry; Music; Business Administrator; Office Manager; Custodian
Access to Public Transit:Five blocks from major bus hub
Congregation Description:We are located in a first ring suburb of Minneapolis. Many immigrants live nearby. Older homeowners are selling their houses to go into assisted living, and younger families are buying affordable housing. We have a new, very active outreach ministry to the neighborhood. We would like to have more volunteers to help with this after school program. It currently serves about 25-30 youth, mostly African American, with games in the gym, homework help, reading, food preparation and dinner. Looking to start a vegetable garden this spring. Informal chapel worship on Sunday at 8:45. Main worship service at 10:00. Lunch served every Sunday.
Congregation Keywords:First ring suburb. One hundred years old. New emphasis on reaching the community and young families.

Mentor Pastor: Tom Carlson

Years in Ordained Ministry:38
Years in Current Position:13
Previous Students Supervised:Amy Orstad,Heidi Mix, Ellen Kvitek, Kristen Schwann
Autobiography:I am married for 41 years, with three adult children and one adorable granddaughter. Served congregations in Virginia, Willmar and Columbia Heights, all in Minnesota. Completed a recent sabbatical including attending Festival of Homiletics and studying with NT Wright at St. Andrews University. Enjoy biking, kayaking and walking.