About

Our Mission Statementdivinitylogo

Divinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is a family of believers that shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ to strengthen God's people and to reach out to the Eastside community and beyond. We are, "The country church in the big city."

What We Believe

Everything that we teach is Christ centered.

We teach exactly what the Bible teaches; we don't teach our interpretation but God's interpretation. We believe that the Bible is the perfect words of God that He had written down for our benefit.

We believe that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. He shed his blood on the cross to forgive each and every person. God loved us so much that he sent his Son to save us because we could not save ourselves.

We also believe as the Bible teaches, that only believers in Jesus will go to heaven. We will go to heaven because Jesus rose from the dead to prepare heaven for us.

We are Lutheran and therefore teach what the bible teaches. Martin Luther revived this true teaching which had been lost. God's Word teaches that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone and we find Jesus in the scriptures alone.

We believe that God has given us many gifts and talents to use in helping others. He has given to us many opportunities to share our faith. We pray that we will see more of you as we search for lost souls.

 

Our Staff at Divinity

 

Pastor Berg

Pastor John C. Berg loves serving the people of Divinity Lutheran Church and its community.  He and his wife grew up in Winona, MN.  He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 2007.  He has served congregations in Viroqua, WI and Lake City MN.  He enjoys fly fishing, reading and spending time with his wife and three children.  Please let him know how he can you serve you with the good news about Jesus!

 

 

 


 

Divinity's Historyhistory

1954

February 28 – first exploratory service conducted by Pastor Oscar Naumann in a rented house on the corner of Idaho and Kennard. 86 people attend. Pastor Naumann and Pastor Jerome Albrecht from St. John Lutheran Church continue to conduct services at the Hayden Heights chapel throughout the year.

November 22 – congregation officially organized and the name Divinity Ev. Lutheran Church is chosen. 17 communicants, 28 souls.

1955

February – Pastor Donald Kolander of Valley City, ND is called as Divinity's first pastor. He and his wife, Marlene, arrive to begin their ministry at Divinity.

November – work is begun to build the new parsonage on Cottage Ave. The cost is $16,200.

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June – Pastor and Mrs. Kolander move into the parsonage and on June 24 the first worship service is held in the parsonage "chapel".

Summer – a garage is built with a loan from the Church Extension Fund and Sunday school rooms are made ready in the basement of the parsonage.

November 18 – Dedication of the parsonage/chapel – Pastor Naumann is the guest pastor.

1957

Notice is given to Divinity congregation that Cross Lutheran congregation of Maplewood intends to sell their old church building.

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February – final arrangements made for the purchase of Cross Lutheran church building.

Mass appeal in the Minnesota District of the W.E.L.S. to help raise the funds to purchase, move and renovate the church building.

June – the church is dramatically moved down Kennard Street to its present location.

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December 14 – Dedication of the renovated church – Divinity Ev. Lutheran Church – Pastors O.J. Naumann and Roman Palmer assist in the worship. The cost of the building and the renovating is $20,000. The money for this purchase was raised specifically for Divinity's use through a Church Extension Loan by the congregations of the Minnesota District.cornerstone

 

 

 

 

1964

Divinity congregation takes out a loan to purchase 2 1/2 acres of land for building a larger church and a Christian Day school. $10,400 was borrowed.

1965

Divinity becomes self-supporting.

May – Pastor Kolander delivers his farewell sermon and begins his new ministry in Pewaukee, WI.

Pastor Frederick Fallen, a new graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, is ordained and installed as Divinity's second pastor. He and his wife, Thea, arrive in July.

1966

Divinity calls a graduate of Dr. Martin Lutheran College, Bonnie Hoffmann, to be its first teacher at St. John Lutheran School.

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A bell tower is built by congregation volunteers to house the church bell which was donated.  Mo Gorowsky performing installation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1971

The interior of the church is painted and varnished. New carpeting and tile are installed. The exterior of the church is covered with aluminum siding. 

1972

The pastor's study is remodeled. The parsonage receives new windows, trim and gutters.

1973

The city officially condemns our 2 1/2 acre property and eventually pays us $29,500 for it.

An addition to the narthex and two basement rooms are added. The church is reroofed.

1974

A new sound system is installed. New cupboards are added to the kitchen. The parsonage is reroofed and the church is landscaped.

November – 20th Anniversary of Divinity congregation is celebrated. Pastor Don Kolander is our guest pastor in the morning service and Pastor Oscar Naumann preaches the sermon in the special evening service.

1975

A 2 1/2 car garage was built for the storage needs of the church. 

1976

Remodeling was done in the parsonage basement and kitchen.

A brick housing is built for the church sign.

1977

Pastor Fallen accepts the call to Arlington, MN and he and his family leave in June.

Pastor Wilbert Neumann from Rockford, MN accepts the call to become Divinity's third pastor. Pastor Neumann, Shirley and their family arrive in October.

1979

Divinity celebrates its 25th Anniversary with four services with special guest speakers:

February – Anniversary of 1st exploratory service – Pastor Jerome Albrecht

May – Education Celebration – Seminarians Robert Edwards and Marcus Neumann

September – Confirmand Reunion – Pastor Fred Fallen

November – Congregational Anniversary – Pastor Don Kolander

The congregation is able to "burn the mortgage" as it pays off the loan from the C.E.F.

1983

The narthex is remodeled with new lighting and furniture.

1985

April – Pastor Neumann accepts the call to New Prague, MN.

Pastor Mark Henke from Appleton, WI accepts the call to be our fourth pastor. He and his wife, Marilyn, arrive with their family in June.

Linda Gustafson is assigned the call to be Divinity's second teacher at St. John. She replaces Bonnie (Hoffmann) Rondeau who resigned from her position.

1987

The basement is remodeled. The library area is enclosed for a meeting/classroom.

Our teacher, Linda Gustafson, is married and resigns to join her husband. Robin Mundstock is assigned the call to be our third teacher.

A new constitution is adopted.

1988

Pastor's office is remodeled.

1990

The parsonage is sold and Pastor Henke and his family purchase their own home.

1991

Our teacher, Robin Mundstock, accepts a call to Bay City, MI. Kris Bame is assigned the call to replace her and teach for us at St. John Lutheran School.

1993

Our teach, Kris (Bame) Blaho, resigns to move to Atlanta with her husband. The decision is made at the voter's meeting to support Christian education through tuition support instead of calling a teacher.

September – final papers signed for loans for an addition to our church. Construction is begun by contractors and volunteers. The addition includes classrooms, expanded sanctuary, elevator, handicapped accessibility, altar guild room, mother's room, janitor's closet, storage rooms, expanded narthex and fellowship hall, enlarged kitchen, upper level washroom, sprinklers in the lower level and a storage shed. The approximate cost of the addition and the furnishings is $350,000.

Christian Worship, the new synodical hymnals, are purchased and now used in services.

1994

September 18 – Dedication Service for the new addition and a dinner to celebrate the joy of God's wonderful blessings to us. Pastor Henke conducts the service and Pastors Kolander, Fallen and Neumann are invited as honorary guests recognizing their tremendous contribution to Divinity's growing ministry.

1996

New church organ and piano were dedicated for service to the Lord.

1997

June – Mark Walters was called as second pastor at Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.

First Hmong Lutheran Church began at Divinity Lutheran Church as an outreach effort in St. Paul.

1998

September – Promised Land Preschool opened its doors to 4-year-olds on the east side of St. Paul. Karla Aden served as the first teacher of 8 students.

2000

October – Pastor Mark Walters accepted a call to Good Shepherd in Girard, Ohio.

2001

September – Departure of Pastor Henke for Bethany in Appleton WI. Pastor Fred Kogler serves as vacancy pastor.

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May – Pastor Ryan Heiman of Fond du Lac, WI is assigned to serve as Divinity's fifth pastor.

September – Laura Heiman re-starts the dormant choir. After many practices and hard work the choir tells of God's love and adds beauty to worship at Divinity.

December – Installation of new furnace and A/C in church building.

2003

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June – Summer Youth Program starts with 30 youth. The program offers youth an opportunity to grow physically, spiritually and mentally each week throughout the summer.

 

 

2004

February – 50th Anniversary Celebration began with worship in the basement.

June -50th Anniversary Celebration was commemorated with new doors

November – 50th Anniversary Celebration was observed with worship and meal at park.

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May – Minnesota English Academy opens with 50 students served by Mariel Grimm.    

2007

November – Remodeling and redecoration of church interior completed.  New siding, new front steps, new stone work, new flooring, new lighting, new sound, new controls, new crosses, new paint and new ceiling. 

2008

January – Due to funding difficulties both the Minnesota English Academy and First Hmong Lutheran Church stop serving the community at Divinity Lutheran Church 

2009

September — Mariel Grimm is called to be the PromisedLand Preschool teacher.  Our largest enrollement of 20 students also began classes. 

2012

September — Aletha Gerken-Gilbert is called to be the PromisedLand Preschool teacher.  We countinue with a preschool full of students to began classes. 

2014

November – 60th Anniversary Celebration worship and potluck and new front doors were dedicated.

2016

August – Departure of Pastor Heiman for Grace in Tucson, AZ. Pastor John Zeitler serves as vacancy pastor.

November – Pastor John Berg is installed as the new Pastor at Divinity.