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Cherokee Park United Church

Address:371 West Baker St.
City:Saint Paul
Denomination:United Church of Christ and PCUSA
Baptized Membership:150
Confirmed Membership:130
Average Sunday Attendance:80
Paid Staff:Pastor, Music Director, Nursery Supervisor, Janitor, Director of After School Tutoring Program
Access to Public Transit:Located 1/2 block of Smith Ave, a main bus line
Congregation Description:Cherokee Park United Church is a small but vital congregation doing ministry in a multi-cultural
urban setting on St. Paul’s West Side. CPUC is a multi-aged community of faith whose mission statement includes a commitment to being open and affirming, multicultural and antiracist. Many of the people who have joined in recent years have done so because of the congregation’s identity as theologically progressive and committed to social justice. Community ministry includes an after-school tutoring program, a summer peace camp, participation in Day on the Hill advocacy, Loaves and Fishes, Habitat for Humanity, and hosting community art fairs and exhibits. The congregation is actively exploring ways to extend a welcome to the diver population of the West Side. Included in this intentional welcome is the congregation’s use of global music in its worship. The commitment to diversity and antiracist identity is also reflected in sponsorship of a major anti-racism conference, and a growing partnership with the Dakota community and a community in El Salvador.
Congregation Keywords:Urban, neighborhood, anti-racist, multicultural, progressive, LGBT welcoming, justice oriented, world music.

Mentor Pastor: Timothy Johnson

Years in Ordained Ministry:33
Years in Current Position:32
Previous Students Supervised:15 - 1 at Luther
Autobiography:Tim Johnson has been the pastor of Cherokee Park United Church since September 1981. He came to the congregation with a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1991 with the support and encouragement of the congregation he was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He plays an active leadership role in the community and in the wider church. In the neighborhood he has served on the Boards of both Neighborhood House and the West Side Citizen’s Organization. He has served as a board member at Torre de San Miguel and a member of the City of St. Paul’s Capitol Improvement Budget Committee. He has served the wider church in various capacities including moderator for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ.