Redeemer Lutheran Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church is a faithful and joyful witness to God’s love for all people. It is a faith community that is a shining beacon of hope in the Harrison neighborhood and the world … Redeemer is grounded in active relationship as a way of encountering Jesus. We meet Jesus in ourselves and in each other both inside the congregation and outside in the world. We are convinced that God desires to be in transformational relationship with all people. At the same time, God’s ultimate desire is for all people to live in communities where all people are loved, safe, and accepted as they are. All people belong.
Redeemer Lutheran Church was chartered as a ‘mission church’ in June of 1909, reaching out to the surrounding neighborhoods of Harrision and Bryn Mawr. The congregation was soon able to support itself enough to purchase an older church building, and after 20 years of fast growth was able to build the beautiful church now standing at the corner of Glenwood and Logan in North Minneapolis. The community was primarily Scandinavian working people, eager to find a church home. The congregation grew steadily, reaching peak attendance around the mid to late 1960’s.
After many of the original members had passed on and their children had married and moved away, many of the once single-owner homes were subdivided or torn down, creating a more transient community. Redeemer’s congregation declined, but the members who remained agreed that the community needed a strong church presence, and opened its doors to the whole community as a ‘Beacon of Hope’. With the new more transient membership, Redeemer returned to the status of a mission church.
In the mid 1990’s the Minneapolis Area Synod matched up congregations in need of a mission partner with congregations they thought could help. A lay person from Redeemer came out and talked to Pastor Ed Blair and Pastor John Folkerds, and also preached on stewardship Sunday. Zion then became one of several congregations that partnered with Redeemer.
- Zion’s partner church in North Minneapolis is very active with a number of activities going on. Sixteen STEP-UP youth interns are working work across the Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center for Life campus and co-hosting weekly Wednesday night cookouts. With the help of a Harrison local resident, Redeemer is steadily planting, watering and tending to the Redeemer Community Garden. An outdoor bread oven is used to prepare community meals. ... more