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, July 11, 9 a.m.–Noon

Kids Adventure Week Prep Saturday

You are needed and invited to help with the last minute preparations for Kids Adventure Week. We will gather from 9–noon on Saturday, July 11. If you can handle a hole punch, tie a knot, organize paper in piles, carry a box, or enjoy the gift of connecting with other people while you work, this prep time is for YOU. Delicious treats will be provided. Questions? Contact Carma Gjerning.

Sunday, July 12, 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!

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”!

Saturday, July 18, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Urban Homeworks service opportunity

This month, the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) are teaming up with Urban Homeworks to host an interfaith service day. Join with others from First Covenant and a number of other downtown congregations to volunteer at an Urban Homeworks worksite doing light construction. Space is limited, so contact Pastor Todd Bratulich ASAP to RSVP your spot or ask questions.

Wednesday, July 22, 7-9 p.m.

Discover First Covenant class

Questions about First Covenant Church? Learn more about this community of faith. Pastor Dan Collison will lead a helpful seminar in the lounge. Attending does not commit you to membership. Come to ask questions and make friends. To register, please contact Dan Collison (dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123).

Saturday, August 1, 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!

Sunday, August 23, 5 p.m.

All-community meal and baptism at Lake Nokomis

Public baptism is an ancient practice of Christianity that offers Christ-followers the opportunity to publically proclaim their internal commitment to Jesus Christ. Baptism is considered a sacrament of the Church in that it is an outward sign of an inward and invisible grace. The act of baptism includes sharing a personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and being baptized in water as a symbolic commitment to living a life surrendered to Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus died, was buried, and rose again, so the Christian enters the water symbolizing a life of surrender and is raised out of the water representing a life transformed by God into a new life. A celebration of baptism will be held at a Lake Nokomis at 6:00 p.m. (following a 5:00 p.m. all church meal at the park. Please bring a dish to share and lawn chairs or blankets). If you are interested in being baptized, please contact Pastor Dan or call the church office.