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Rev. Steven L. Robertson

Ministry setting

Currently serving as the Supervisor of Spiritual Care at Allina Hospice.

What brings you joy in your ministry?

Walking alongside those individuals facing end of life issues and making a difference in people's lives every day.

Who inspires you in ministry or seminary?

Cicely Saunders, founder of modern day hospice has been a huge influence on me.

What are your interests outside of ministry?

I love to travel. I love to work in my yard.

Best meal you've ever eaten?

My mom's meals. They are always excellent.

Brief bio

Born in St Paul, Steven was raised on the Greater Eastside of St Paul and attended Concordia University/ St Paul where he received his BA in education. Steve attended and graduated from Luther Seminary in 1979 and has served Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, East Bethel, MN; Cambridge Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MN; Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park, KS; and Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, St Paul, MN. Steve was received into the former ELM Candidacy in 2008. In 2008 Steve was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church where he maintains co-ministries. Since then, he has served as a Chaplain and since 2011, as the Supervisor of Spiritual Care, Bereavement and Volunteer Services for Allina Hospice with oversight of 45 chaplains, grief counselors and volunteer coordinators. Steve lives on Lake Gervais in Little Canada.

Did you always want to be clergy?

When I was in the 4th grade, my family took a trip to Banff National Park in Canada. During this trip, I witnessed a vehicle/trailer/camper accident in front of our vehicle. One car and trailer drove off the mountain side. Immediately my father stopped to provide assistance. I wanted to help my dad, but my mother said I needed to stay in the car - that there wasn't anything I could do. This was incredibly frustrating for me.

Soon after the accident, a car with four Roman Catholic Sisters in their full garments drove up. They exited their vehicle and climbed down the mountain side to assist my dad. I asked my mother who they were, and why they got to help my dad when I couldn't. My mother explained to me they were called 'Nuns" and they were going to provide prayer and spiritual support to the families. I asked my mother how I could become a Nun. She said "You can't become a Nun, but you can become a Lutheran Pastor." From that day on, I dreamed of becoming a pastor.

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