History of Our Church
Making Melody On a Theme by God
In 1995 the first of our many ministry-staff expansions began with a second pastor (Josh Nelson) focused on youth and family ministry. When our current facility was complete (move-in was January 2002), a long-term dream became reality with the opening of our preschool. Staff changes continued as Associate Pastor Kristi Weber served from 2001-2003, and Associate Pastor Kristie Hennig arrived in 2005 and continues to serve to this present day. After Nate Castens’ retirement in 2010, there was an interim period, followed by a re-calling of Josh Nelson to serve again, this time as senior pastor.
We’re members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the national church body formed in the 1980s by the merger of the American Lutheran Church (ALC), the Lutheran Church in America (LCA), and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC). Our local Minneapolis Area Synod is headed by Bishop Ann Svennungsen.
Some elements of our history which have helped shape our church life and identity:
Valuing Lutheran history, traditions in worship, and theology while inviting and
respecting people from many church backgrounds (or sometimes from no church
background) – and using a variety of worship formats and ideas. We think of
ourselves as innovative, liturgical, and sacramental and pride ourselves on the
quality of our music, including various musical groups that lead worship.
We’re delighted to welcome newcomers to our church household, and encourage them to contribute their own unique personalities, talents, and perspective to our developing congregation.
We can promise good pastoral care, thoughtful and engaging worship, opportunities to serve at your level of time, interest, and skill, plus hospitality, spiritual support, and the steady reminder of the Christian promise.
History of the ELCA
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed over 20 years ago. This new church was formed from three separate and well-established North American church bodies:
Beginning January 1, 1988, these churches, with shared beliefs and missions, officially formed the ELCA. Two decades later, this energized church is composed of 4.8 million members and nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S. and Caribbean. Today, the ELCA reflects the rich and diverse heritage of the people it serves.
But to understand our heritage fully, one must trace our roots back through the mid-17th century, when early Lutherans came to America from Europe, settling in the Virgin Islands and the area that is now known as New York. Even before that, Martin Luther sought reform for the church in the 16th century, laying the framework for our beliefs.
May 18, 2013
Sunday Worship Schedule
8:00, 9:15, 10:45 AM
Summer Worship Schedule
(beginning May 26)
8:30 & 10:30 AM
(beginning June 12 -- no worship on July 3)
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What is the ELCA?
Find out about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the history of this wonderful organization on our What is the ELCA? page.
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