We’re Hiring a Director of Senior High Youth Ministry


  • Youth Faith Formation
  • Full-time Exempt
  • Reports to Director of Youth Faith Formation, and
  • Indirectly to Program Coordinator

Job Overview

Welcome, teach, train, guide and affirm youth in grades 8-12, embodying and inviting youth into the love of Christ. Connect with grades 4-7 as pathway to inclusion in senior high ministry. Support young adults after high school. Build up the four pillars of Mount Calvary’s identity: Grace, Inclusiveness, Love and Service.



  1. Organize, facilitate, grow, and lead Youth Ministry program, including The Vine, service projects, retreats, worship, and other ministry areas to:
    1. promote a deepening awareness of God through spiritual practices.
    2. build faith relationships between peers, family, congregation, and community.
    3. invite responses to God’s love in worship, action, and service.
    4. teach tenets of Lutheran theology.
  2. Cultivate, train, uphold, and improve current culture and protection practices.
  3. Recruit, train, organize, support and celebrate youth and adult leaders.
  4. Counsel and support youth emotionally and spiritually within the ministry team.
  5. Develop and communicate an annual youth ministry plan in consultation with youth and adult leaders and colleagues.
  6. Collaborate with youth, adults and staff colleagues on events and programs.
  7. Communicate youth programs and stories using social media and congregational tools.
  8. Connect youth to resources, groups, and individuals within Mount Calvary and the community.
  9. Plan and execute continuing education and personal growth.


  1. Strong desire to build relationships with and support high school youth, finding ways to improve cascading mentorship across the church.
  2. Able to articulate one’s Christian faith and publicly support Mount Calvary’s identity through the above pillars. This support should be energetic, approachable, affirming, authentic, and compassionate.
  3. Able to lead regular evening and weekend events throughout the year, including one or two week-long trips.
  4. Strong servant leadership skills with experience to discern when to lead and when to let others lead. Preparedness, punctuality, and professionalism.
  5. Experience training and organizing youth and adult leaders and leading events.
  6. Open and flexible to change, humility and sense of playfulness.


New Members May 2019

Jerome and Megan D’Allesandro, Hailey and Brendan

Matthew and Courtney Kramer, Camille

Daniel and Nicole Witowski, Amelia and Addison

Eric and Lindsey Mundy, Axel and Elin

Bradley and Lara Hoffman, Ella and Hudson

Matthew and Tara Stone, Winnie, Walker, and Wallis

Michael and Bryanna Schuette, Oakley and Axel

Bill and Jane Marie Bloomberg, Aletta and Corrin

David and Lorene Sill

John and Joan Engstrom

Michael and Elizabeth Minnihan, Brooks

Brent and Debra McNamee, Lily and James

Jim and Jolynn Johnson

Confirmation Class of 2019 Class Picture


Litchicks Reading List for 2019/20

LitChicks 2019-2020

LitChicks is a fun, come-when-you-can group for women. We have lively, thoughtful discussions where we are free to consider issues from a Christian perspective or just from our own perspective. Anyone is welcome to come to any meeting, there is no commitment needed.

Our bimonthly meetings will be on the second Thursday from 7:00-
8:30pm in the Fireside Room. Most importantly, we will read good books, have deep discussions, and laugh a lot. Please join us!

  • July 11, 2019 One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain
  • September 12, 2019 The Solace of Water: A Novel by Elizabeth Byler Younts
  • November 14, 2019 Everything Here Is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
  • January 9, 2020 The Story of Arthur Truluv: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
  • March 12, 2020 The Possible World: A Novel by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz
  • May 14, 2020 Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

Contacts: Mary K. Klein mkklein@me.com, Paula Evanich pevanich@hotmail.com, Caroline Linden cblinden@outlook.com

2019 Confirmands

Merciful God, we thank you for these sisters and brothers, whom you have made your own by water and the Word in baptism. You have called them to yourself, enlightened them with the gifts of your Spirit, and nourished them in the community of faith.

Congratulations to Mount Calvary’s Confirmation Class of 2019!

Luke Anderson

Noah Anderson

Justin Anderson

Ellie Anlauf

Kate Berchild

Xóchitl Bergthold

Jackson Blanks

Leo Boime

Maxwell Buescher

Audrey Burton

Amelia Bussey

Whitney Cowan

Hanna Dahlin

William Dieken

Emma Dill

Laney Dodd

Hope Durenberger

Mia Elvecrog

Nathan Faster

Madeline Fiedler

Charlie FitzPatrick

Brock Foslien

Jack Frame

Fantaye Gilbertson

Kate Gilmore

Spencer Gongoll

Henry Gregerson

Hailey Guptail

Parker Hitchcock

Frances Huso

Meghan Ische

Sarah Johnsen

Abby Johnson

Bjorn Johnson

Jana Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Lilia Johnson

William Johnson

Lexy Kakacek

Lily Kamrath

Mirbella Kilner

Jenna Klein

Kaelyn Knudtson

Abigail Koehnen

Isabella Konat

Brianna LaMere

J.D. Landstrom

Vera Laninga

Natalie Larson

Savannah Lenk

Veda Link

Tommy Lurie

Lucas Martin

Carmen McLaren

Chloe McLaren

Jack McMillan

Tanner McPherson

Luke Miller

Tony Nelson

Peyton Olson

Wesley Parker

Zach Peterson

Carly Pfeffer

Derek Puzak

Emma Quam

Avery Rafferty

Charlotte Reitan

Avery Roerig

Anton Rutten

Grace Sadura

Lillie Schaefer

Julia Schini

Benjamin Scott

Brynn Shedd

Leah Shedd

Lauren Sundry

Stephani Sundry

Emmett Swendseid

Jocelyn Thom

Henry Tuttle

Justina Valentini

Noah Volbrecht

Anya Vukovich

Regan Way

Jaxson Well

Grace Whisnant

Madeleine Wiitala

Maizey Wilken

Jackson Woodley

Ava Zavadil

Jacob Zils


2019 Confirmation Guides

Mount Calvary thanks our 2019 Confirmation Guides for their inspired service to our youth!

Marri Anderson

Tim Anderson  

Amy Burton       

Kim Dieken        

Amy Dill               

Heather Durenberger   

Tony Gilbertson

Jennifer Ische                   

Sonja Johnson

Stephanie Johnson         

Jon Kamrath      

Diane LaMere   

Tracy Olson        

Craig Parker      

Traci Peterson  

Maria Reitan     

Stephanie Sundry           

Heidi Tuttle        

Dan Volbrecht  

Tom Vukovich  

Angela Vukovich              

Renee  Whisnant


Class Manager:  Nancy Link 

Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass

Gospel Mass by Robert Ray



Saturday, May 18 at 5:00pm

Sunday, May 19 at 9:00 and 10:30am


Forty years ago, Robert Ray sat down to write the Gospel Mass as an experimental work for a one-time performance – to his surprise, the piece caught on and has now become a seminal work of African-American music, performed by choirs and churches all over the world.  Join us in worship May 18 @ 5pm and May 19 @ 9 & 10:30am as the Mount Calvary Chancel Choir along with soloists, Al Jordan and Tracy Stefan present the mass in its entirety – accompanied by Aaron Kohrs (piano), Jeremy Haug (keyboard), Mike Stefan (drums), and Nick Salisbury (bass). You won’t want to miss this powerful, joy-filled work that is sure to ignite the spirit!




Tracy Stefan has enjoyed singing all of her life. She has a Bachelor of Science in vocal and classroom music education and spent most of the 1990s singing in rock/dance bands. She started as a worship leader in 2001 at a church in North St. Paul and currently sings in the Mount Calvary Saturday worship band. She lives in Excelsior with her drummer husband Mike and enjoys spending time with their four children and four grandchildren.


Over the last two decades Albert Jordan has remained an active musician, clinician, and judge in the Twin Cities and nationally, most recently he has performed as soloist for the Robert Ray Gospel Mass at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Anton Armstrong. As a founding member of Cantus, Albert spent a decade as a performer and educator with the ensemble. He is a graduate of St. Olaf College where he sang and soloed with the St. Olaf Choir. Albert is also a former section leader at Mount Calvary. He has had stints with other local ensembles such as Magnum Chorum and Vocal Essence as well.