Rev. Steven P. Larson has been a community champion in the city of Brooklyn Park for more than 11 years. In the summer of 2006, Rev. Larson accepted the call to serve Redeemer Covenant Church in Brooklyn Park, as the Senior Pastor. Pastor Larson has been a credentialed minister through the Evangelical Covenant Church of America since 1991, while serving the Covenant Church in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. Besides serving churches here in Minnesota, he has had the opportunity to serve churches on the south side of Chicago and in West Michigan.
Coming to Brooklyn Park was truly coming home. Steve started life in Dayton, Minnesota while his dad was the pastor at Anoka Covenant Church. Coming back to this area he heard conflicting message about the community and even where his family should buy their home. Of course, with two teenage daughters at the time, school was also very important in their choice of place to live. However, living within the community that he was called to serve was important, too. This was a community champion move.
As a community champion, Steve’s work has been recognized by the city and community organizations. In 2011, Pastor Larson was awarded the Good Citizen Award from the City of Brooklyn Park. In 2012, through his leadership, Redeemer Covenant Church was awarded the Community Partnership Award by the City of Brooklyn Park. In 2014, while giving leadership to the Brooklyn Area Ministerial Association, Steve was awarded the “Service Above Self”, which is the highest Rotary award honor that recognizes 150 individuals worldwide each year who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents.
Since 2008, Pastor Larson has given leadership to BAMA, the Brooklyn Ministerial Association, which draws the churches in Brooklyn Center, Champlin and Brooklyn Park together in ministry partnership. It was the work of this collaboration, which brought together the cities, Hennepin County, school districts, and community organizations in 2015 to see the needs of homeless teens and open Brooklyn Avenues for Youth as a response. Rev. Larson is thankful for the many hours that church and community people gave to see that become a reality.
For over six years, Steve has also been a part of the Community Engagement Team for the city of Brooklyn Park through the GO BP Coalition. This has given him the opportunity in 2012 and 2013 to travel to Los Angelis with other city leaders to participate in the Community Engagement Leadership Institute. This was a weeklong learning event with five other American cities to share and discuss best practices. During those same years Pastor Larson traveled with Pastor La Andriamihaja or Discover Church and former Police Chief, Michael Davis, to RECAP in Washington DC. (Rebuilding Each City Around Peace) The learning has been brought back and applied to the work in our community.
Rev. Larson comes to ministry with the heart of a shepherd and a passion for the surrounding community. He received his BS in Pastoral Ministry through The University of Northwestern in Roseville, Minnesota and his Masters of Divinity studies have been done at North Park Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. One of Steve’s main gifts in ministry is offering pastoral care throughout the transitions of life. His greatest desire is to appropriately care for the spiritual needs of the people under his care, while also offering care for the extended family and loved ones.
For rest and renewal, Steve is an accomplished photographer and enjoys capturing life with his camera. He also loves playing cello and guitar, as well as reading. His extended family has a home north of Ely, Minnesota where he enjoys getting away with his family. He has been married to Cheryl for 36 years and they have three adult daughters who are all married, he greatly enjoys his two grandsons, and they all live in Brooklyn Park.
It is with excitement and a passion for this community that Rev. Larson comes to us as a speaker this year, with the challenge that we are Becoming a Community of Blessings, Beyond our Boundaries.
Come and be blessed. Go and be a blessing!
Special music – Park Center High School Ensemble