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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m.

"Sacred Rhythms: Practices that Nourish and Transform" class

What is your deepest spiritual longing? For most of us it is to truly know and experience the presence of God in our lives. It is to sense his voice and his leading and to have the encouragement and strength that the God of all creation longs to give us so that we can live life to the fullest. We have been given tools – spiritual practices that draw us into this kind of growing relationship with God. We can learn to listen to God’s voice and recognize him in our lives. What are these biblical practices and how can we know that God is connecting with us through them? Get to know others from First Covenant as you together discover and experience the various spiritual life rhythms of listening, prayer, Bible reading and more. These 4 popular sessions draw from Ruth Haley Barton’s powerful study, “Sacred Rhythms”. The classes will meet in the Lounge on Wednesday evenings starting September 10 through October 1. Sign up with Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org or 612-927-3120) by September 7.

Thursday, October 2, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, October 5, 9:00 a.m.

"Your Story, My Story, We're In It Together!"

Religious faith and community is becoming increasingly complex in the 21st century. Negative experiences and ideological polarization make it difficult to find authentic community within religious institutions. How can we navigate such challenges and find safe places to wrestle with our own beliefs? This 4-week workshop will begin with reflecting on our own stories, and move toward understanding the stories and perspectives of others as we seek to form meaningful Christian community together. We will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Lounge beginning with the “Storyboxes” Wake-Up on Sept. 21 through Oct. 12. No sign up required, come as often as you are able.

Sunday, October 5, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Tour of First Covenant

New to First Covenant? During Third Hour, Pastor Dan Collison will offer a tour of the building and lead a conversation about the history and vision of First Covenant. Get your coffee in the Foyer, then meet in the Sanctuary.

Tuesday, October 7, 6:00 p.m.

"Living the Book with Humility" Class

The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Lounge on the first Tuesday of every month from September through December. Please contact Pastor Dan Collison at dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123 if you are interested in joining the class.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Discover First Covenant

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.)

Thursday, October 9, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, October 12, 9:00 a.m.

"Your Story, My Story, We're In It Together!"

Religious faith and community is becoming increasingly complex in the 21st century. Negative experiences and ideological polarization make it difficult to find authentic community within religious institutions. How can we navigate such challenges and find safe places to wrestle with our own beliefs? This 4-week workshop will begin with reflecting on our own stories, and move toward understanding the stories and perspectives of others as we seek to form meaningful Christian community together. We will meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Lounge beginning with the “Storyboxes” Wake-Up on Sept. 21 through Oct. 12. No sign up required, come as often as you are able.

Sunday, October 12, 5:00 p.m.

140th Anniversary Celebration

In celebration of the 140th anniversary of First Covenant Church, the gospel choir at First Covenant will be performing its first choir concert in the Sanctuary. Doors will open at 4 PM. The concert is open to the public and admission is free. A freewill offering will be received. A dessert reception will immediately follow in the gym. The concert will feature gospel and worship songs that have blessed the congregation over the last four years. Local gospel artist and First Covenant’s artist-in-residence, Robert Robinson will lead the choir and will be one of the featured vocalists. Our special guest for the concert will be the Gospel Choir from Community Covenant Church under the direction of Robin Doublette. Come and join us for an evening of joy, love, spirit and song as we celebrate God and honor the work and long life of First Covenant Church.

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

“Colossians: Experiencing Christ—Experiencing the Bible”

Are you longing to know what the Bible says and hungry to experience God more deeply in your life? Engage in an in-depth study using the biblical book of Colossians. This letter written by the apostle Paul is foundational for understanding Jesus Christ and his work in us. Whether you’ve studied the Bible for years, haven’t studied the Bible very much at all, or want to know how to share the Bible competently with others —this study on Wednesdays is for you. Not only will we explore ways of studying the Bible that can help us understand and share what we read, we will also listen as a community to the divine Word in ways that invite the Holy Spirit to speak and to draw us into experiencing God personally. This study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30–8:45 p.m. in the lounge starting October 15 through November 19.
Please sign up with Pastor Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Office Manager Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org) by October 12.

Saturday, October 18, 3:00 p.m.

Mill City Quartet concert

Join us in the Sanctuary for a wonderful concert by the Mill City Quartet. A reception will follow in the foyer. Admission to the concert is free. Donations received at the concert will benefit the ministries of First Covenant Church.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

“Colossians: Experiencing Christ—Experiencing the Bible”

Are you longing to know what the Bible says and hungry to experience God more deeply in your life? Engage in an in-depth study using the biblical book of Colossians. This letter written by the apostle Paul is foundational for understanding Jesus Christ and his work in us. Whether you’ve studied the Bible for years, haven’t studied the Bible very much at all, or want to know how to share the Bible competently with others —this study on Wednesdays is for you. Not only will we explore ways of studying the Bible that can help us understand and share what we read, we will also listen as a community to the divine Word in ways that invite the Holy Spirit to speak and to draw us into experiencing God personally. This study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30–8:45 p.m. in the lounge starting October 15 through November 19.
Please sign up with Pastor Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Office Manager Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org) by October 12.

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Sunday, October 26, 9:00 a.m.

Sunday Morning Wake-Up

Please join us for our monthly family friendly, multi-generational event to awaken the body and heart. This month’s Wake-Up is Harvest Celebration. We will meet in the gym

Wednesday, October 29, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

“Colossians: Experiencing Christ—Experiencing the Bible”

Are you longing to know what the Bible says and hungry to experience God more deeply in your life? Engage in an in-depth study using the biblical book of Colossians. This letter written by the apostle Paul is foundational for understanding Jesus Christ and his work in us. Whether you’ve studied the Bible for years, haven’t studied the Bible very much at all, or want to know how to share the Bible competently with others —this study on Wednesdays is for you. Not only will we explore ways of studying the Bible that can help us understand and share what we read, we will also listen as a community to the divine Word in ways that invite the Holy Spirit to speak and to draw us into experiencing God personally. This study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30–8:45 p.m. in the lounge starting October 15 through November 19.
Please sign up with Pastor Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Office Manager Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org) by October 12.

Thursday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.

Gospel Choir rehearsal

Director Robert Robinson is looking for singers of all ages and abilities to participate in the First Covenant Community Gospel Choir. Come to the Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:30–7:45 p.m. No formal training is needed. Questions? Contact Robert (612-927-3106 or rrobinson@1stcov.org).

Tuesday, November 4, 6:00 p.m.

"Living the Book with Humility" Class

The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Lounge on the first Tuesday of every month from September through December. Please contact Pastor Dan Collison at dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123 if you are interested in joining the class.

Wednesday, November 5, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

“Colossians: Experiencing Christ—Experiencing the Bible”

Are you longing to know what the Bible says and hungry to experience God more deeply in your life? Engage in an in-depth study using the biblical book of Colossians. This letter written by the apostle Paul is foundational for understanding Jesus Christ and his work in us. Whether you’ve studied the Bible for years, haven’t studied the Bible very much at all, or want to know how to share the Bible competently with others —this study on Wednesdays is for you. Not only will we explore ways of studying the Bible that can help us understand and share what we read, we will also listen as a community to the divine Word in ways that invite the Holy Spirit to speak and to draw us into experiencing God personally. This study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30–8:45 p.m. in the lounge starting October 15 through November 19.
Please sign up with Pastor Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Office Manager Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org) by October 12.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

“Colossians: Experiencing Christ—Experiencing the Bible”

Are you longing to know what the Bible says and hungry to experience God more deeply in your life? Engage in an in-depth study using the biblical book of Colossians. This letter written by the apostle Paul is foundational for understanding Jesus Christ and his work in us. Whether you’ve studied the Bible for years, haven’t studied the Bible very much at all, or want to know how to share the Bible competently with others —this study on Wednesdays is for you. Not only will we explore ways of studying the Bible that can help us understand and share what we read, we will also listen as a community to the divine Word in ways that invite the Holy Spirit to speak and to draw us into experiencing God personally. This study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30–8:45 p.m. in the lounge starting October 15 through November 19.
Please sign up with Pastor Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Office Manager Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org) by October 12.

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30–8:45 p.m.

“Colossians: Experiencing Christ—Experiencing the Bible”

Are you longing to know what the Bible says and hungry to experience God more deeply in your life? Engage in an in-depth study using the biblical book of Colossians. This letter written by the apostle Paul is foundational for understanding Jesus Christ and his work in us. Whether you’ve studied the Bible for years, haven’t studied the Bible very much at all, or want to know how to share the Bible competently with others —this study on Wednesdays is for you. Not only will we explore ways of studying the Bible that can help us understand and share what we read, we will also listen as a community to the divine Word in ways that invite the Holy Spirit to speak and to draw us into experiencing God personally. This study will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30–8:45 p.m. in the lounge starting October 15 through November 19.
Please sign up with Pastor Jennifer Schoenrock (jschoenrock@1stcov.org or 612-927-3121) or Office Manager Terri Stromberg (tstromberg@1stcov.org) by October 12.

Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m.

"Living the Book with Humility" Class

The Bible is the most popular and historically preserved book of all time and yet it is also the most misunderstood and mishandled book of all time. “Living the Book with Humility” is a four-part class intensive that will provide a historical overview of biblical interpretation and challenge participants to interact with one another about the conclusions and questions that have arisen from that history. Additionally, this class will propose a framework for understanding the complex controversial issues that have sifted the American church in the last 250 years: slavery and racial segregation, the role of women in church and society, and most recently—same-sex relationships.
The “Living the Book with Humility” class will meet from 6-9 p.m. in the Lounge on the first Tuesday of every month from September through December. Please contact Pastor Dan Collison at dcollison@1stcov.org or 612-927-3123 if you are interested in joining the class.