Pastoral Transition Process
On Sunday, April 10, Salem members gathered for a special congregation meeting for the sole purpose of voting on a call to Pastor Rhonda Hlavinka. By proxy and in person, 54 votes were cast, and the congregation voted by a large majority to call Pastor Rhonda as Salem’s new pastor. The call is contingent upon a cleared background check administered by the Minneapolis Area Synod, which as of April 14 was not yet complete.
Pastor Rhonda has more than 14 years of ministry and pastoral experience. Prior to entering the call process with Salem, she was on leave from ministry. Her most recent ministry roles were as Director of Family Ministry at Salem Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul, Minnesota (2012-2014) and as Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry at Long Lake Lutheran Church in Isanti, Minnesota (2007-2011).
Pastor Rhonda lives in Blaine with her husband and two children.
She eagerly looks forward to getting to know the Salem community, our neighborhood, and our SpringHouse partners. Watch for more information introducing her to the Salem community.
On Sundays Salem offers two worship options – Traditional Worship and Jazz Worship. These two worship services are connected by Sunday School and Youth Group, as well as Adult Ed. Child care is available throughout. Full schedule >
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