Pastor Carl Johnson will be giving the sermon at Trinity City Church on March 24. Carl and his team are planting Faith City Church. They will be launching in Dayton’s Bluff, Saint Paul on Easter Sunday. This local church has a mission to not only make disciples of Jesus in this neighborhood, but also to serve those with food insecurity. Find out more at the Faith City Church website.
On Sunday, December 16th, Joel and Julie Stegman will be joining us at Trinity City Church. Joel will be giving the message, Julie will be doing the call to worship, and Trinity leaders will be praying for them. Hope Community Church is sending out Joel and Julie with their team to plant Resurrection City Church in the Hamline Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul. Check out this video from their website to learn more about this new church launching in January:
Darren Carlson will be our guest speaker on Sunday, August 27th. He is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International (TLI). Here is more from TLI's website:
Born to a military family, Darren grew up in San Diego, Calif., and Washington, D.C. He became a committed Christian through the ministry of InterVarsity on his college campus. After college, he felt the call to vocational ministry while attending the LIFT discipleship program at Camp-of-the-Woods in upstate New York.
He received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Mary Washington. He is also a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology in New Testament and is ordained in the Evangelical Free Church of America. Darren has coached high school and college basketball as well. He enjoys playing piano, fishing and hunting in Minnesota.
As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. He has written articles on multiple platforms on issues relating to short-term missions, missionary care, trends in global theology, missiological discussions, and the effective use of financial resources to relieve poverty. While at TLI he also founded The Journal of Global Christianity and SOLA, which is a web-based app to help missionaries raise and track support.
Jeremy Deck will be our guest speaker on Sunday, May 21st. He is in the process of planting Gospel Life Church in the Marcy-Holmes of Minneapolis. Here is more from Jeremy (quoted from New Hope's website):
After 10 years on staff in Student Ministries at New Hope, I am currently preparing to pastor a church plant in Minneapolis from New Hope Church. I am in a residency here designed to equip me further toward this end.
I believe that the local church is the means through which God has designed for the gospel to be proclaimed both for the salvation of people who don't yet believe and the growth/sanctification of those who trust him. I love seeing the good news of Jesus Christ change lives for eternity.
A favorite passage of mine is Titus 2:11-14 "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age."
I continue to be so thankful that God's grace not only saves us but trains and shapes us to look more like him every day. I’m married to Amy and we have four kids: Molly, Nora, Jack and Nolan. I enjoy being with my family, backpacking, camping, books, coffee and movies.
For more information about the church plant, like their Facebook Page.
Trent Senske will be our guest speaker on Sunday, April 7th. He is in the process of planting Immanuel Fellowship in south Minneapolis. Here is more from Trent:
Early on, I sensed a calling to spiritual leadership, and so for seven years I learned the ropes of discipleship, preaching, and leadership by ministering to college students. For the past several years, I worked for Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE, as a pastoral assistant, in the privileged role of serving and shadowing Pastor Bob Thune. [...]
Last year, God called me to start a church in Minneapolis — or perhaps more accurately — the Spirit unfolded how Jesus had been hinting at it for years.
In college, I voiced interest in church planting to my pastor, mostly because I thought it was cool. But after college, I became convinced it was crazy. I loved the thought of [church] planting, but I was reluctant about the work. Nevertheless, one morning while walking and praying in Memphis I sensed the Lord saying, “Give your life to preaching the gospel, planting urban churches, and training leaders for my Kingdom.” In August, we moved to Minneapolis to get assessed as potential planters and begin that work.
For more information about the Senskes and the church plant, go to www.minneapolischurchplant.com.
Brian Silver will be speaking at Trinity City Church (TCC) on Sunday, July 17th. Brian serves as the Church Planting Resident at Hope Community Church, which is the church that planted TCC. He's planning to plant a church somewhere in the Twin Cities. Brian will continue with our Summer in the Psalms series by giving a message on Psalm 13.
John Stromberg will be giving the message on July 10, 2016. John is the Pastor for Church Multiplication at Centennial Evangelical Free Church (CEFC) in Forest Lake, MN.
John has a long history with CEFC. He came up through our youth group before becoming lead teacher for The Edge while working on a degree in Biblical Studies at the University of Northwestern, Saint Paul. After graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with an M.Div. in 2013, he came on staff at Centennial to advance church multiplication through the development of Gospel Communities. John is married to Dena and they live in Columbia Heights. His hobbies include reading and amateur photography.
The bio and picture comes from Centennial's website.
Jeff Sorvik will be our guest speaker on October 18, 2015. Jeff presently serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for the Evangelical Free Church of America. He also planted Anchor Point Community Church in Duluth, and oversees the Creo Collective – a network for pastors within the EFCA who are multiplying disciples, leaders, and churches together.
Follow Jeff on Twitter @jsorvik.