Rev. Brad Froslee
- Minneapolis, MN
Calvary Lutheran Church is a community of around 220 people (with affiliated friends and visitors) located at 39th Street & Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis, at the crossroads of four neighborhoods: Central, Powderhorn, Bryant and Bancroft.
The congregation is known as:
* A smaller, more intimate Christian community with a strong commitment to living out God’s grace in our neighborhood.
* A diverse, open and hospitable group from young to old, who welcome visitors, whether life-long Christians or those newly seeking a spiritual home.
* A worshipping community with rich, lively, and historic liturgy that includes strong singing, eclectic music, quality preaching, and prayers for those both near and far.
* A place of beauty, gathering in a sanctuary with majestic pipe organ and stained glass windows, a newly remodeled space with flexible seating and ritual centers crafted to befit a reenergized worship community.
* A community of faith that welcomes people who may have felt excluded by the church because of cultural or ethnic background, race, physical or mental abilities, socioeconomic or family status, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
What brings you joy in your ministry?
Brad loves walking with people where they are at on their journey and listening to, talking with, and learning from those he encounters.
Coupling these interactions with music, community engagement, prophetic action and a whole lot of grace makes ministry exciting.
In a top drawer of his desk, Brad admits that he keeps thank you notes and letters for those days when he just needs an extra boost to remember why this work is so important and rewarding.
Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?
The list is long...but it includes Ruth Froslee (grandmother), Margaret and Sam Halvorson (Sunday school teachers and faithful worshippers), Rev. Neal Halvorson-Taylor, Rev. Lucy Kolin, the late Rev. Peter Gomes, the faithful clergy I gather with for text study...and the people I serve who continue to experience God's love for them and search for ways to love and serve others.
What are your interests outside of ministry?
Genealogy, writing (poetry and short stories), cooking, spending time with friends and family--especially partner, Bill, and our two year old son.
Best meal you've ever eaten?
This is hard...I love all types of food--from lefse, to pizza, to pho--and have eaten in some incredible places.
The Rev. Brad Froslee serves as pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church-Minneapolis. Originally from Vining, Minnesota, Brad is a graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, and Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Brad completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Stanford University Hospital, Palo Alto, California; his congregational internship at Resurrection Lutheran, Oakland, California; and Lutheran year at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Brad has worked with congregations in various parts of the country serving in community organizing, leading day camps and children's and youth programs, addressing issues facing immigrants and refugees, leading conversation on issues of sexuality, and engaging in educational and mission trips to Guatemala, Haiti and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Brad was founding director for The Naming Project Teen Camp, a faith-based camp for Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/allied youth featured in the movie, Camp Out, and has been a guest panelist and resource for youth programs through the University of Minnesota and Minnesota 4-H.
Brad currently serves as a Board member for The Naming Project, the Urban Arts Academy, Crossroads Community Organization and is on the Minneapolis Area Synod Mission Table and Nominating Committee. Brad has previously served as a representative on the St. Olaf Board of Regents, OutFront Minnesota Board and Executive Committee, Augsburg Governing Board, clergy chair for Minnesota's Vote No Campaign, Workers Interfaith Campaign Committee, and other community roles.
Did you always want to be clergy?
As a 3rd grader Brad was convinced he was going to be a doctor...by 5th grade he was bound and determined to be a lawyer. Though, as a youngster, his grandfather had told him he was bound to be either a pastor or an honest politician--and one of those was much easier to come by.
It was in 8th and 9th grade confirmation that one of his pastors, Rev. Rachel Sandum Tune, told Brad that he should consider first, going to St. Olaf College, and second, becoming a pastor. In unique ways both came to be.
Religion classes at St. Olaf as well as its student congregation having become RIC, alongside working at Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria, Minnesota, allowed Brad to experience God's call (which others had been lifting up for some time).