About Us

Our History

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded on October 13th 1867 in the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota. In 1869, members of the congregation purchased land and constructed a building that would hold about 165 people. St. Anthony merged with Minneapolis in 1872. The first building served the congregation until December 5th, 1910. At that time, the building was sold and members began holding worship service at the current site. The current site is large enough to accomadate 500 worshippers.

​Throughout its 150 years, the Lord has blessed St. John's. We currently have 306 baptized members and 207 communicants. We provide many opportunites for members to get involved with the church and our community. 

Our Community

If you are visiting our congregation, we’re very happy to have you.  Our number one priority is to proclaim Jesus Christ as our Savior from sin. 
The Lord has blessed us beyond what we deserve.  One of the blessings we are very thankful for is the community of where we’re located.  Northeast Minneapolis has a long history.  Our congregation is a part of its history.  So if you come to worship with us on Sunday, we want to encourage you to get out and about among our neighbors.  Our section of the city is buzzing with people.  Some are here because this is their home.  Others come because they’ve heard of exciting things to do and see.  Our congregation is located in the middle of all of that.  Artists and their studios are within walking distance.  We have a plethora of coffee shops, restaurants, and taprooms just blocks away.  When the weather is warmer (Minnesotans may define that differently than others), food trucks are often outside of these places.  If a city bike ride is of appeal, trails go right by our church.  And if you don’t have a bike, meander over to Logan Park where you can rent one.  The Mississippi River and Boom Island Park are just down the street if you’d like to enjoy a picnic or a stroll.  We are not far from the downtown area.  The Stone Arch Bridge is worth a visit.  You’re not even that far from Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium. 
Regardless, of what you may end up exploring us near here, we encourage you to talk with the people that you run into.  They’re our neighbors.  We’re happy that we share this community with them. 

Our Beliefs

Although a lot has changed at St. Johns in 150 years, we still hold to our basic beliefs that we profess as a church. Whenever we face questions or doubts from inside the congregation or the outside world, we use these truths to continually guide us.

We are a part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). For a more detailed statement of our beliefs, please look at our denominations statement of faith called This We Believe.

Our Worship

Worship is a key part of the ministry of our congregation of St. John’s. Worship is our joyous response to what our gracious Lord God has given to us.

At St. John's, we encourage four main parts to our worship.
  1. Public Worship
  2. Bible studies & classes
  3. Groups & Organizations within our congregation
  4. Acts of Worship in the personal lives of our people.

To learn more about each of these main parts, please look at the Our Worship at St. John's document.
Meet Our Staff
  1. Pastor
    Dan Lindner
    I've had the privilege of serving at St. John's since 2006. I've also been serving True North WELS Campus Ministry since 2012. As pastor, I'll regularly be preaching, teaching, visiting our members, and the Northeast and University sections of our wonderful city. In my free time I enjoy watching/playing sports and spending time with my wife, Heidi. You'll often find us exploring lakes on our kayaks or sightseeing both inside and outside of the city.
  2. Administrative Assistant
    Administrative Assistant
    Nicole Person
    I have been the Administrative Assistant here at St. John's since 2012. I prepare bulletins, mailings, help coordinate events, monitor security cameras, pay bills and other general office duties. I've been married to my wonderful husband Mark for 17 years and have two daughters, Leah and Kaylee who are both in high school. They keep me very busy but when I do have free time I enjoy photography and exploring the many lakes of Minnesota on our boat.