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Fifty Years for "The Glory of God"

Hollywood TheatreIn May, 2002 past and present members of Gloria Dei were on hand to celebrate our fiftieth anniversary...

On April 26, 1950, the Minnesota District Mission Committee met to discuss plans to start a new congregation. Although the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod had a shortage of about 250 pastors, the Reverend Luther H. Anderson accepted a call of our Lutheran Mission in January of 1951. On April 15, he was installed as our first pastor at a special service held at Saint Matthews Lutheran Church.


38 members attended first serviceOn April 22, 1951 Services and Sunday School were held at the Hollywood Theatre at 28th and Johnson Streets, Northeast. 38 people attended. Services were held at the theatre every Sunday until September 7, 1952.

Groundbreaking for our ChurchOn February 22, 1951 six and one half lots were purchased at Thirtieth and McKinley. Ground breaking took place on August 12, 1951. Names considered for our new church included Tabor (which means "Height" in Hebrew), Mercy and Lutheran Church of the Ascension. "Gloria Dei" was the name the new congregation of Northeast Minneapolis had selected. A striking name, which declares to all the world that its work in the new community is to "The Glory of God."

Gloria Dei in 1961Gloria Dei grew from our humble beginnings in 1951 of 33 members. As of April 1961, we reached 340 communicant members, 589 souls and 170 Sunday School pupils. The need for more adequate worship and educational facilities was recognized and in May, 1961 Gloria Dei's "Venture of Faith" was undertaken.Gloria Dei's expansion being built



On September 9, 1962 we held a Dedication Service to our church expansion.

Gloria Dei in 1975Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has been blessed these last fifty years with many memories and traditions. We have been, and continue to be, a beneficial organization for God and our community. Together we have built a church for which we can all be proud. We look forward to many more years of faithfulnes to the Glory of God.

O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building thee a house for thy holy name comes from thy hand and is all thy own.
1 Chronicles 29:16

Pastor's of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Pastor Luther Anderson
Pastor James Fehner Pastor Donald Busboom
Luther Anderson
1951 - 1954
James Fehner
1955 - 1969
Donald Busboom
1970 - 1980
Pastor Peter Sestak Pastor Bruce Brinkman Pastor Dean Gade
Peter Sestak
1980 - 1985
Bruce Brinkman
1985 - 2002
Dean Gade
2004 - Present

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