Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was founded on June 4, 1908 as a mission congregation of First Lutheran Church, the first Lutheran congregation to take root in Minnesota territory. Originally located in a small church building on Victoria and Hague in St. Paul, the church moved to its current location at Snelling and Highland Parkway in 1951. Today our community of faith serves thousands of members, our neighborhood and local and global ministries. We have come this far by grace.

Mission Statement

An ELCA Congregation

By God’s grace, we are called to be a caring, healing and welcoming community who proclaim and celebrate the love of Jesus Christ, live as God’s servants and seek justice for all people.

Gloria Dei belongs to the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Our congregation has 2,500 members.

Reconciling in Christ

Congregational Council

We believe that the gospel is God’s gift to all people, to be shared unconditionally, without regard to age, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family configuration or relationship status, socio-economic status, mental health status, or physical or mental abilities. We know that the world is often an unloving place and that the experience of alienation is all too common. To those who have felt excluded here or elsewhere, we extend a particular welcome in Christ’s love. We rejoice that diversity has enriched, nurtured and challenged the life and ministry we share as members of the body of Christ and workers in the kingdom of God.

President: Cathy Sedacca
Vice President: Scott Karli
Treasurer: Ben Finkelstein
Secretary: Raja David

Facilities: Steve Teipel
Faith Formation: Laura Wangsness Willemsen
Outreach: Susan Davis-Ali
Shared Ministries: Carol Engel
Stewardship: Larry Nelson
Worship: Janelle Peterson
Human Resources: Carolina Schutt
At Large: Ann Niedringhaus
At Large: Jill Karl


Auditor Committee
Reviews the Council minutes and financial records of the previous year in preparation for the Annual Meeting.

Budget & Finance Committee
Oversees the financial operations of the church.

Communications Committee
Meets with staff, Council, and committees to provide public relations counsel on various issues and activities. Develops strategies and materials which publicize and promote the ministries at Gloria Dei.

Facilities Committee
Oversees the management and development of Gloria Dei's building and grounds.

Faith Formation Committee
Seeks to encourage lifelong Christian faith formation.

Gifts, Grants & Memorials Committee
Allocates endowment fund earnings and undesignated gifts and bequests. Oversees memorials in keeping with the express wishes of donors or contributors. Encourages matching fund donations to worthy charitable institutions or causes.

Human Resources Committee
Responsible for maintaining a fair and equitable employment environment for all personnel.

Investment Committee
Oversees and manages the investment funds of the church, and establishes and publicizes investment policies and criteria.

Outreach Committee
Strategizes how best to deepen Gloria Dei’s outreach impact on the community and on ourselves. The committee meets monthly to plan awareness-building campaigns and ways to support leaders of the various ministries.

Shared Ministries Committe
Provides human resources and support for Gloria Dei ministries; oversees time and talent recruitment activities.

Stewardship Committee
Encourages a spirit of gratitude and generosity in the heart of the congregation and supports the congregation's vital ministries.

Welcoming Community Committee
Promotes an atmosphere of welcome and hospitality in the congregation and amongst members and visitors.

Worship Committee
Plans, oversees, and coordinates all aspects of worship life at Gloria Dei.