Thank you for your interest in First Presbyterian Church in Shakopee, MN. Although this historic church was founded in 1855, I have only been here since early 2019. This congregation is in an exciting time, as we explore what it means to be a church in our changing world, in Shakopee, serving God and the community.
We love to worship and enjoy both traditional and contemporary aspects of a worship service, as we turn our hearts and lives to God each Sunday. The sermons invite us to have the Bible as our foundation, even as we struggle and joyfully consider how to live our lives faithfully, both individually and as a church. I invite you to join us on Sunday mornings, and explore how Jesus Christ is inviting you to live more faithfully in today’s world.
We find ways to be in community each other, through fellowship after church, special events and celebrations, as well as being with each other during times of struggle and loss. The deacons are ordained church members that stay aware of individuals needing encouragement and support, and who take time to offer supportive services to church members and friends. We offer children’s education on Sunday mornings, as well as adult Bible studies and opportunities to learn how to grow in our faith and serve God. We also reach out in support of various local, national and international ministries.
The Session is the leadership team in a Presbyterian church. Like the deacons, elders are elected by the congregation and ordained to church leadership. The Session is comprised of 7 ruling elders and myself. As pastor, I am the teaching elder of the church and serve as the moderator of Session. The Session meets monthly, to pray and lead the church as we try to live the Apostle Paul’s hope for the church: “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.”
Our church has been through many changes in the past few years, so this is a time of prayer, listening (to God, each other, and the larger community) and visioning where God may be leading us. I invite you to worship and fellowship with us, as we enjoy the presence of God’s Spirit today and faithfully explore future possibilities.