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Jen Nagel

Pastor Jen joined the community at University Lutheran Church of Hope in August 2015 as our Lead Pastor. Jen is excited about how the Holy Spirit is calling this congregation into renewed ministry deeply rooted in this neighborhood and location in Dinkytown on the edge of the University of Minnesota campus. Prior to Hope, Pastor […]

Barbara Johnson

Pastor Barbara began her ministry as Pastor for Care and Nurture at ULCH in May 2017. She is very pleased to use her gifts to bring together the sacramental elements of worship and fellowship to those who are homebound or need support in staying connected to their faith community. She is passionate about engaging people of […]

Zach Busch

Zach Busch (he/him/his) is in his fifth year of ministry at University Lutheran Church of Hope. As Minister of Worship and Music, he nurtures the worship life of the congregation and has a primary voice in the planning process for worship in all seasons of the church year. He takes seriously the promises made at […]

Nicholas Tangen

Nicholas Tangen lives in NE Minneapolis with his wife Kristin. He studied English at the U of M, and graduated with a Master of Arts in Leadership with a focus on Social Transformation at United Theological Seminary. Nick is also a Benedictine Oblate at St. John’s Abbey and is passionate about contemplative and monastic spirituality, and […]

Nathan Obrestad

Nathan lives in Fridley with his wife Sharon and three children, AJ, William and Emily. They are members of St. Williams Church in Fridley. Nathan previously worked in the college bookstore industry for 30 years, managing the bookstore for Metro State University. Nathan is currently a volunteer for Irondale Bands, Coach for St. John the […]