Welcome to Gloria Dei 7th – 12th Grade Youth and Family Ministry!

We are an active group living our faith in Jesus together! Retreats, intergenerational serving, small groups, summer trips, Grill N Chill hang-outs, and many other ways connect us to God and one another.

Each of these opportunities will also help young people to find context for their faith in Christ, as well as discover their passions and gifts. Together we explore what it means to be baptized in the family of God and live into God’s promises.

Katie LeClair leads our youth ministry programs and can be contacted for questions at 651-699-1378 x3008 or by email.

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  • My first time at Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) (4/18/2017) - By Lowell Johnson, 9th Grade I had never heard of ILAG until a couple of months before my spring break journey to Guatemala. I learned it would be our home for the first two and half days, but never knew that such a small place could touch so many lives. Upon our arrival, we were […]
  • Carenna’s Temple Talk from October 16, 2016 (10/20/2016) - Good morning! My name is Carenna Saunders and I’m in tenth grade. Most of you guys already know that there are lots of great things going on here at Gloria Dei. The thing that I’d like to talk about is the youth program. I started coming to Gloria Dei four years ago when my family […]
  • Teen Summer Trips for 2017 Announced! (8/17/2016) - Most of us might not even be fully unpacked from our trip to Niagara Falls and here we are already dreaming of next summer’s legendary adventures. That’s the Jesus’-life! Faith compels us to keep going! Our adventures on the road took us nearly 5,000 driving miles this summer. Sponsors contributed over $15,000 which was nearly […]
  • Teen Summer Journey: With God through Civil Rights Tour Stops (7/14/2016) - By Greta Hanson 10th Grade, Eagan High School On our way home from Knoxville, we tagged on a couple of extra days to see and learn about the Civil Rights movement. The first stop on our Civil Rights tour was Birmingham, where we met a former Freedom Fighter who grew up in Birmingham. She gave […]
  • Teen Summer Journey: With God through Knoxville (7/14/2016) - By Maren Ostrem 8th Grade, Saint Paul Academy Saturday morning, June 25, the team of 26 youth and 8 chaperones for the Knoxville summer mission trip gathered in the Gloria Dei parking lot. The air was full of anticipation. After praying in a big circle and multiple group pictures, we threw our suitcases into the […]
  • Nobody Told Me There Weren’t Going to be Toilet Seats in Mexico (4/21/2016) - During my senior year of college, I was volunteering as a youth leader at my church, where we took a large group of teens to the Yucatan Peninsula for a mission trip. The plan was to spend ten days immersing ourselves in the local culture, doing street outreach in the city, and also visiting various […]
  • Weekend Backpack Food Program is Awarded Grant (3/9/2016) - It is with gratitude that the Gloria Dei-Highland Park Elementary (HPE) Connect Committee announces it has received notification of a grant approval. The Weekend Backpack Food Program has been awarded an ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant in the amount of $2000 for use in 2016. These monies will be used to purchase low cost food from […]
  • A Tale of Two Weekends (11/18/2015) - “The distinction between true and false works… is as difficult as the distinction between true and false faith. No theory is adequate. One must believe, pray, and strive.” (Faith Victorious: An introduction to Luther’s Theology, 76). On back-to-back weekends, our teens rallied together to grow in faith and friendship. Our youth ministry follows several core […]
  • What do cardboard, duct tape, and the MN State Fairgrounds have to do with homelessness? (8/19/2015) - Imagine 500+ teenagers all in one big location – from many different church backgrounds, and some with no church backgrounds, all busy constructing dwellings out of used cardboard and duct tape. Every October, at the beginning of the MEA break, for the past seven years, teens and leaders have gathered to raise awareness about homelessness […]
  • Two mission trips for teens announced for summer 2016 (8/15/2015) - I was personally transformed this summer when we went to Wyoming. Actually, ask anyone who went to serve in Wind River.