About us

Welcome to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church!

If you are looking for a church where people are open to new ideas, respectful of other faiths, welcoming of all people, and have great passion for serving the community, we think you will enjoy being part of the community that is Hennepin Church.

The church began in 1875 when an adult Sunday School class wanted to live out its beliefs. Determined to have a presence in the city, our founders reached out to their neighbors and got everyone involved in ministry – even raising money for the first ambulance at the hospital in town.

Today the story continues through ministries like Community Meals (which feeds over 250 people each month), the Dignity Center (an advocacy ministry to help people get a hand up rather than a hand out), Steeple People (a quality used goods store which donates all of its profits to other charitable organizations), and many other ministries that focus on the needs of the city and the needs of people to be in community and think intellectually about their faith.

 

Hennepin Church also has a history of standing with justice:

  • In 1956, when Border Methodist Church, an African-American congregation, had to leave its building, Hennepin UMC invited the community to merge with them, creating quite a stir nationally.
  • In 1974 Hennepin hired its first woman pastor, Verda Aegerter, and has had female clergy on staff continually ever since.
  • In 1994 Hennepin became a Reconciling Church, welcoming all people in the LGBTQ community, and later held a protest service in opposition to some of the United Methodist stances that work against inclusion and justice. We are still working to change some of the policies of the United Methodist church in Minnesota.

Today the building that provides art and shelter to our various ministries is located in Minneapolis just north of I-94 where Lyndale and Hennepin come together. Without much natural space in the city, we also have Koinonia Retreat Center, just an hour west of the cities, where we continue to have camps, retreats, and weekend adventures.

In short, the Hennepin Church Community is an active community!

We invite you to explore the website to learn more about us, but we hope that you will actually come through the doors and find your place in the community. Everything good that has ever come out of Hennepin occurred because people within the community made it happen! We hope you’ll come and share your passions and gifts so that together we can make a difference in this world.