Pastor Sean Lee Ordination

Sean LeeOn Saturday, November 17, Pastor Sean Lee was ordained during the church service at Southview Seventh-day Adventist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.

Pastor Lee was born and raised in South Korea. Thanks to the careful tutelage and prayers of his mother, Sean was baptized in 1993 in his home church in Korea. While attending Adventist academy, Sean learned more about Jesus and got involved in various school activities. One day, a friend introduced Sean to a King’s Heralds album from 1961, and Sean’s spiritual journey was reshaped. He fell in love with Christian music and became more involved with religious activities. During his senior year in high school, Sean felt God calling him to be a pastor. Upon graduating from the Adventist university in Seoul, South Korea, Sean joined full time ministry singing first tenor for the Golden Angel Singers of the Northern Asia Pacific Division.

In 2006, Sean immigrated to the United States and began pastoral ministry at the Baltimore Korean Adventist Church in Maryland. While serving in the Chesapeake Conference, Sean met his wife Helen Kim. They were married in 2009 while Hele completed her degree in dentistry. After completing his Master of Divinity at Andrews University, Sean accepted a call to work for the Santa Maria Korean Adventist Church in California. He served there for a few years before moving back to Michigan to serve as the Andrews Korean Adventist Church pastor while he completed a Master of Business and Administration from Andrews University.

Sean was called to the Minnesota Conference in 2015 to serve as the Associate Pastor for the Southview Adventist Church and Associate Youth Director for Young Adult Ministries for the Conference office. In 2018, Sean was asked to serve as the senior pastor for the Southview Adventist Church. “I am excited to serve in this role with the church ministry leaders,” said Sean. “I feel blessed because I can see the willingness of church leadership and the desire of the congregation to serve their community.” It is his prayer that the congregation can make a positive impact in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

In addition to serving the Southview Church, Sean loves to play and have fun with his two sons, Nathan and Joseph. He enjoys singing and producing music. He also enjoys serving his community as a police chaplain with the Minneapolis Police Department.

20181117_SouthviewService_PastorLeeOrdination_30“Sean has been working towards ordination for several years, and it was with great pleasure that we held the ordination service for him in November, which signifies the church’s recognition of the call God has already placed on his life.”

The ordination service was organized collaboratively between Sean and the Minnesota Conference office team. The program had several special elements to mark this memorable occasion for Sean. His son, Nathan, shared the scripture reading found in Isaiah 42:7, which is Sean’s favorite verse. Tim Denniston, Southview Church’s first elder, presented Sean’s history before the congregation. Conference president, Elder Justin Lyons, preached the sermon and offered a special ordination prayer. Elder Brian Mungandi, Vice President for Administration, gave the ordination charge and presented Sean with his ordination certificate. It was a joyous occasion for all involved.

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A Balm for Maplewood Academy

Gilead2As you visit with Gilead Tarus, two things quickly stand out. First, he has a great smile and second, he has an unusually calm, peaceful spirit. Both qualities come from a life grounded in Jesus Christ.

Gilead is a 15-year-old sophomore at Maplewood Academy. He is the son of Samson and Everlyn Tarus. He was born in Minnesota and his parents are from Kenya. He can speak “broken” Swahili and his favorite food is chapati (Kenyan flatbread) with rice and beans. His favorite classes at MWA are science and Bible.

This remarkable young man has already delivered two sermons at his home church, the Andover Seventh-day Adventist Church. He also spoke last year for the MWA student week of prayer. As a 7th grader, he invited students to his room during MWA Music Festival for worship and Bible study.

Gilead’s gift for spiritual leadership began to show itself in elementary school. Tralese Syvertson was Gilead’s teacher for grades 5-8. “He found the Lord in a big way,” she said. “He was not reserved or ashamed about it. God changed him into a kind young man and kids would go to him for advice. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” According to Syvertson, Gilead’s worship and Bible study while at MWA music fest outgrew his assigned dorm room and it had to move to the hallway.

Gilead4Gilead was surprised how God’s spirit worked in some of his classmates last year. “I saw people come to Christ that I never thought would make that decision,” he said. “People that were watching basketball videos 24/7 switched to watching sermons.”

Gilead now sees a special opportunity to lift up Jesus over meals at the cafeteria. “People talk about God and His mysteries,” he said. “There are special times when the table talk is lifting us closer to heaven.”

Gilead’s ability to be at MWA is due to his reliance on God and, in part, his work ethic. This past summer, he worked for the Minnesota Conference Magabook program with Darrell Conway, the conference Literature Evangelism Coordinator. He highly recommends the experience. Additionally, he currently works with the ASSIST program at Maplewood. ASSIST partners students with senior citizens at assisted living center and nursing homes.

Gilead believes his Maplewood experience is teaching him independence. “I see Christ more,” he said. “I’m learning from my mistakes and I see God’s guidance in my life.”

With his joyful, peaceful spirit, his favorite verse makes a lot of sense. It is found in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee.”

Adventist Education’s mission is “to enable learners to develop a life of faith in God, and to use their knowledge, skills, and understandings to serve God and humanity.” As you consider the children in your life or the local school ministry your church is sponsoring, remember this mission. And remember Gilead. Adventist Education exists to help our young people meet and know Christ. Please pray for your local educators as they strive to give more students the same opportunities as Gilead.

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Community Service Day

MWA Community Service 1Every year, Maplewood Academy sets a day aside to volunteer in the Hutchinson community. It is an all-school event – Classes are cancelled and every student and staff member goes out into Hutchinson to share a little bit of Minnesota Nice.MWA Community Service 4

Wednesday, October 31st, 100 Maplewood students and staff celebrated their Community Service Day by cleaning Veterans Memorial, Fireman’s, and Girl Scout Park; MWA Community Service 5picking up trash at the McLeod County fairgrounds and on Highway 15; MWA Community Service 6participating in the Harmony River Halloween Party; and raking for homes in the community.

MWA Community Service 2While collecting food door-to-door for the city-wide Food Drive in October, a couple of our students met community members who needed a hand cleaning their yards. The students were excited to surprise these people by adding their homes to service project destination list.

Service is a pillar in Maplewood’s educational program. We believe it is important to educate our young people in the value of being contributing members of the community they live in. Our Community Service Day is a time when we purposefully take our focus off ourselves and work together to make something better for someone else. Our students like to know they can make a difference!

Glen Baker, Maplewood Academy Principal

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Minnesota Conference Administration Responds to General Conference Annual Council Executive Committee Vote

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As you may know, the General Conference Annual Council Executive Committee met on October 14, 2018 to discuss and vote a recommendation from the church’s Unity Oversight Committee. This recommendation creates a new compliance process that assists with implementation of church policies and voted actions. This recommendation was reviewed and argued for more than five hours. The vote in favor of the recommendation passed at 185 to 124, with two abstentions. This vote has far reaching impact to the World Church for a myriad of reasons.

The Minnesota Conference administration has been closely monitoring this development. In Minnesota, we strive to help people meet Jesus through various personal and corporate evangelistic efforts. Our focus remains ever the same – that Jesus be lifted up. As we consider how this vote affects the world church, we ask that each and every member hold the world church, the division, and specifically the Minnesota Conference up in prayer.

The Administration will continue to monitor the situation and will be providing further details regarding our response to the vote in the near future. In the meantime, should you desire further information, please visit adventist.org or youtube.com.

Thank you for your continued support of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and thank you for your prayers.

 

 

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New Teachers for 2018-2019 School Year

2018-19 Ed New TeachersGlen BakerDavid DickersonBrent LaneElaina RiveraSara Hiner

John Bedell, Superintendent of Education

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Events Around the Minnesota Conference

New Pastors to Join the Minnesota Conference

MatthewBaker-2651_170130-Pastor Matthew Baker began his ministry in the St. Paul District, which includes the St. Paul Eastside and St. Paul First churches. Matthew is a graduate of Southern Adventist University. He comes to us with evangelism field school experience having conducted evangelist meetings, preaching series that incorporated the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Church. He also worked as a bible worker with Amazing Facts giving bible studies. Pastor Baker and his wife Nita are excited about Multicultural ministry.

Elizabeth McDonaldPastor Elizabeth McDonald is the Associate Pastor of the Minnetonka Church. Elizabeth is a graduate of Union College in Nebraska. She had a very active role in the women’s dormitory, Campus Ministries, and the Religion department. Elizabeth was involved in creating a bridge between Campus Ministries and the Religion department by involving students in the planning of activities and programs. She did her internship with Piedmont Park SDA church. She comes to us with a wealth of Young Adult Ministry experience from Union College.

Kwan's Family PicPastor Nakwan Kitching will serve Minneapolis First Church.  His friends call him “Kwan.”  He is a graduate of Oakwood University and more recently from the SDA Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs with Master of Divinity.  He comes with field school evangelism, conducting home bible studies and small group work. His wife, Camille happens to have grown up in Minnesota.  They have a daughter Nicolle.

 

Daniel Hauck will be mentored by Pastor Jared Little. He also will be taking on the assignment to plant a second Hmong congregation.  Daniel is a recent graduate from Union College.  His wife, Traci, is from St. Paul.  They met at Union College.

 

District Realignments, Changes and Openings

Pastor Gene Yocum comes to us from Central States Conference, he will serve as pastor for both the Arlington Church and the Connections Center Church. He is a bi-vocational pastor.

Brian Beavers (BW River Bluff Dist)

 

Pastor Brian Beavers will pastor the Faribault, Highland Chapel, LeCenter, Owatonna, Red Wing, and Winona, congregations.

 


Jared Little (Pastor The Way)


Pastor Jared Little
will pastor the Maple Plain, The Way, and Westview Churches. He will also coach Daniel Hauck, a church planter who will lead out in planting a second Hmong congregation.

Bill Nixon (Faribault pastor)

 

Pastor Bill Nixon will pastor for ACTS Church, Countryside Christian Center, Lakes Area, Litchfield, and New London Churches.

 

Karen Lewis (Stillwater pastor)

 

Pastor Karen Lewis will pastor the Hinckley, Pathways, and Stillwater churches as well as continuing to serve as Church Ministries Director.

 

Fred Crowell (Detroit Lakes pastor)

 

Pastor Fred Crowell will retire very soon from the Detroit Lakes district. That district includes:  Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, and Moorhead.

 

Sean Lee (Pastor Southview & Conf Youth)

 

Pastor Sean Lee became Senior Pastor at Southview Church. Southview Church now has an opening for an associate pastor.

 

Sang ho Choi (Korean Pastor)

 

Pastor Sang Ho Choi pastor of the Minneapolis Korean Church has announced that he has accepted a call to the Allegheny East Conference.

 

Brainerd District is still looking for a pastor. That district includes: Aitkin, Brainerd, Staples, and Wadena.

Retired Pastors

Bob Brauer (Mankato pastor)Marshall Bowers (Maple Plain pastor)
We are so thankful for the many years of service that Pastor Marshall Bowers and Pastor Robert Brauer put in leading people to God and making a difference in the Minnesota Conference.

 

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Receptionist Needed

phone-clipart-phone_icon_clip_art_9064The Minnesota Conference Office is looking for a part time receptionist to answer phones, monitor traffic and do various mailings or other projects as assigned. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and references to Savannah Carlson, Human Resources Director via email at scarlson@mnsda.com by August 4, 2018. Qualified candidates will be contacted in late August regarding the position.