To embody God's renewed future in Saint Paul
Our vision is the "end goal" the "preferred future" which we believe God is pointing us toward. We hope to point to, be, and proclaim the renewed hope that is found in the Last City described in Revelation 21.
Love. Listen. Respond. (Repeat)
Our mission is to live the characteristic actions that will set us on a path toward the end goal of God's preferred future. In order to live the hope of the Last City we must love God and love others, listen to God and listen to the needs of our neighbors, respond to God and to our hurting world, and we must devote ourselves to mission for the long haul.
Community + Reconciliation
We value whole communities that invite and reconcile all people. The Bible calls this a “new humanity” and we think the difficult work of loving our neighbor as our self is worth fighting for.
Anchoring + Innovation
One of the most incredible qualities of humans is our ability to create. Creative ability is the reflection of the image of God in us. We will continue to be creative in our worship and witness to the good news of the resurrection of Jesus. But we also value the voices of the faithful who’ve gone before us. We want to live in the tension of being anchored in our faith and being innovative.
Mercy + Justice
For those of us who are people of the book there is no wiggle room when it comes to our call to engage the poor, the hurt, the “last and least” in the world. God cares about the world and so do we. Last City exists as a response to a lamenting world, we are here to interrupt suffering people, suffering systems, and suffering nations with the good news of God’s renewed future.
Inquiry + Bible
The Bible is our primary resource for living. It is simply the most incredible library of books ever composed. But we welcome skeptics and thinkers from every corner of the earth. We believe that God can handle our questions and we’re not insecure about people asking them. We are happy to live in the tension of tough questions and a God who can handle them.
Generational + Discipleship
We are a church of all ages seeking to go deeper in our faith together. We believe in having a real place at the table for young and old. We believe that young generations will change the world for the better and we believe that our job is to give the church away so that they can faithfully mold and shape it however God calls them.
All Things + Jesus
The end goal is always to point all people and all things to Jesus. We believe that in Jesus we have access to a down payment of God’s good future for our world, for our communities, for our lives.
PASTORS + LEADERS
Noah Hormann | lead pastor
Husband, Father, Pastor, Pietist, Mission Friend. Noah believes that through practicing and proclaiming God's good work, in God's good world, the church has unique resources and opportunities to engage our culture and help people flourish. He and his wife, Ali, have been married since May, 2008. They have three incredible little boys: Soren, Jude and Aksel. You can find Noah playing with his sons, spending time outdoors, drinking coffee, and building guitars.
Amanda Whiting | Pastor of Connection and Spiritual formation
Coffee enthusiast, gardening optimist, blogger, wife, mother of seven. Amanda is passionate about connecting people with God's call on their life. She leads The Gallery in being hospitable and intentional about going deeper in their faith.
Paul Nyhuis | care pastor
Paul is a bi-vocationally licensed lay minister who has a heart for those who are in prison. He teaches a group at the Dakota County Jail where he becomes a mentor and friend to many.
Chris Gitzel | Worship Leader
Christopher has a heart for leading people in authentic worship experience. When he’s not playing music he can be found with his wife, Brooke, and their daughter IndieMae adventuring, watching Netflix, preparing his motorcycle for a ride, or sitting outside, pipe in hand, drinking freshly roasted coffee and appreciating the beauty of nature.