Lead Pastor Dan Collison

Lead Pastor – Dan Collison

Dan Collison has been serving churches for 22 years. He says, "I love helping people discover the purpose and joy of serving and knowing Jesus Christ." Dan is a Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research Fellow, received a Doctoral degree in Ministry from Fuller Seminary (CA), a Master’s degree in Divinity from Bethel Seminary (MN), and a Bachelor’s degree from The Eastman School of Music (NY). Before becoming a pastor, Dan—and his wife, Holly—ran an adult foster care home for men with developmental disabilities where he learned the importance and rewards of servanthood. 

Dan lives in downtown Minneapolis with Holly and their sons, Walker and Atley. His favorite pastimes are hanging out with his family, music, percussion, and sweating at the gym.


Saturday, May 30

Room to Breathe all-church retreat

Mark your calendars! Join us for a day of relaxation, connection, and inspiration at the Dunrovin Retreat center Marine on St Croix, MN. Registration will begin in April.

Saturday, June 6, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

"1K Saturday"

It is a privilege to have a building that plays host to so many wonderful ministries and programs. “1K Saturdays” are periodic service days in which we give half a day to clean and provide light maintenance of our facility, saving the church approximately $1,000 (or “1K”) each half day of service. All you need to do is show up and al l materials will be provided. Thank you!

Saturday, June 6, 3:00 p.m.

Mill City Quartet concert

Choose a seat in the sanctuary for a gorgeous concert by the Mill City Quartet. Come discover the muses behind some of history's greatest composers. Works include the strangely unique and quirky String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters," which a 63-year-old Leoš Janáček wrote for his 25 year-old muse, Kamila Stösslová. Hear Robert Schumann’s predictably beautiful, yet fickle String Quartet No. 3, written for his newly wed wife Clara. Admission is FREE, and kids are encouraged to attend! Bring friends, sit back, and enjoy.

Sunday, June 7, 11:00 a.m.

Tour of First Covenant

Right after the service, we invite you to join Pastor Dan on an informal tour of our fascinating and multi-faceted building, which First Covenant calls home.

Sunday, June 14, 11 a.m.

All-community meal

We will be sharing in our monthly community potluck meal following the 9:30 a.m. worship service down in Fellowship Hall. Bring your favorite dish (or two!). Everyone is welcome!

Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.

All-church prayer service

You are invited to a special prayer service. Let’s gather—members and regular attendees, young and old—to pull closer together as a community, humbly seek God, and ask for guidance in taking our next steps as First Covenant Church. Please join us in the sanctuary.

July 13-16, 6:00–8:15 p.m.

Kids Adventure Week: "Into the Book"

This July 13–16, children from our church community and kids from the Philips neighborhood and Hope Academy will gather to experience the kingdom of God KIDS STYLE. There are four amazing nights of experiencing the ADVENTURE of following Christ and the generosity and BIGNESS of God’s love. Our theme, “Into the Book,” will take kids on a wild ride through adventurous Bible stories. Once again, our gifted and passionate actors and actresses will invite us to open our eyes and heart to the wonder, mystery, and awe of the great news in the Holy Book. You will soon have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer. Many hands and hearts are needed for this week to happen. We’ll help you find your specific gift (welcoming others, preparing and serving food, leading games, capturing the essence of the week through photography, leading worship, caring for children, leading a small group, helping kids explore science, create art, pray explore Bible stories). Everyone is welcome and needed! You can sign up by contacting Carma Gjerning (cgjerning@1stcov.org) or by signing up in the foyer. Look for “Into the Book”!