About Us and In the News
We are a multicultural people of God who, through Christ’s transforming ministries, welcome, support and empower the people of north Minneapolis and surrounding communities.
River of Life was formed as a congregation in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) in 2002, consolidating 2 previous congregations in north Minneapolis: Bethlehem Lutheran, in whose building we are currently located, and Zion Lutheran, which was located on 26th and Lyndale Avenues.
Bethlehem was a Lutheran congregation with members primarily of Swedish ancestry, established in 1874, which moved to 2200 Fremont Ave North in 1929. In 1983, in response to the population shifts in the neighborhood, Bethlehem opened their doors to Loaves and Fishes. Zion was a Lutheran congregation with members primarily of Norwegian background, established in 1884. In the 1990's immigrants from Liberia who settled in north Minneapolis found a warm welcome at Zion, and invited their friends.
Today, River of Life Lutheran Church is a multi-cultural congregation where members who were born two miles away, and half way around the world, learn from one another and grow as we worship God together. We are also a teaching congregation with much to offer the larger church and secular society. Visit our "Showcase" page to learn about 10 of the unique qualities of River of Life! It continues to be a matter of good stewardship to host social service organizations in our large building, especially Loaves and Fishes and Youth Enterprises.
River of Life Is In the News!
As a congregation with Liberian immigrant members: http://metrolutheran.org
May 2010 hosting of the Lutheran Church in Liberia’s Midwest celebration of 150 years: www.peopletopeople.info
River of Life is one of the profiles in this book: "They Are Us: Lutherans and Immigration" www.augsburgfortress.org
Rain garden article www.metrolutheran.org
Pastor Lee Ann's car, powered by waste vegetable oil: www.metrolutheran.org