Greetings and Introduction from Interim Pastor Eva Jensen

There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (I Corinthians 12)

As the scents and sights of spring abound around us, I am excited for the new beginning we will share together in this time of transition in your life as a community of faith. I am thrilled to be invited into the community of Zion Lutheran Church – a congregation rooted in God’s grace and passionate commitments to welcome, celebrate, and bless all that God has made. With joy-filled anticipation, I look forward to accompanying you in the many ways God will lead us in relationship together and into the future.

I look forward to learning the rhythms of Zion – service and prayer, music and meals. Together we will approach new ideas and take new steps in the midst of deepening the gifts of ministry. An interim time invites us to review and explore, to share hopes and struggles, to affirm our response to God’s call to love one another and welcome all people.

I serve as an Interim Minister in The Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA and most recently served as Interim Pastor at Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. I also work as a facilitator and consultant to congregations, synods and non-profit organizations. I am inspired in this work by people, teams and organizations that renew their purpose and commitment to work together. By relying on everyone’s creativity, commitment and generosity, the Spirit of God that lives in, with and among us blossoms into abundant life. As we listen for God’s beaconing call into the future, we will continue to gather as a community of hope and faith in worship and song, breaking bread and marking the seasons of our lives – birth and death, baptisms, marriages, living, grieving, dying, growing, changing, recovering, celebrating and wondering … always being made new in the Spirit.

Prior to relocating to Minneapolis from Chicago in 2008, I directed ELCA church-wide relationships with churches and ministry programs in seven West African Countries, supporting companionship in ministry and programs of peace-making, education, health care, agriculture and water resource development. I managed the rural development, education and advocacy programs of Agricultural Missions for Church World Service in New York City. Prior to serving in international community development, I served as an urban ministry pastor in Milwaukee. My education includes a M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul and a Ph.D. in community- based development from the University of WI – Madison. The Twin Cities is now home with my partner of 14 years, Barbara Lund, an ELCA pastor who directs Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, and our little dog Jasper. We love gardening and immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of Minnesota and Wisconsin.