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Bethany Lutheran Church has been in the Seward neighborhood for over 100 years, and we take seriously our presence and involvement in our community. We’re the church with the rainbow pillars out front - a symbol of our commitment to inclusion of all people, with no exceptions.

What’s true about us:

  • We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
  • We are a small group of followers of Jesus (always earnestly but pretty much never perfectly).
  • We worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome - no exceptions.
  • We celebrate Holy Communion each week.
  • Our worship service is traditional Lutheran with sermons that make connections between faith and daily lives.
  • We are located in the Seward neighborhood of south Minneapolis.
  • Questions? Email: BethanyInSeward@gmail.com


Bethany Lutheran Church is a Christian congregation called to unite people from diverse backgrounds enabling them to grow in the love of Jesus Christ.

We therefore respond to the vision to which God has called us: to proclaim this good news and to welcome in our congregation all people without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural or ethnic background, physical or mental abilities, family status, gender or age.

We pledge to ourselves and to all others that we will strive to live as a reconciling people in our life together and in our outreach to the world.


Pastor Mike


Pastor Mike Matson began his call at Bethany on September 22 with a Service of Installation on October 5, 2014. Pastor Mike serves Bethany half time and continues his current half-time ministry as Chaplain to Student Athletes at Augsburg College. He serves in other roles at Augsburg College as Football Assistant Coach and Volunteer Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Pastor Mike is also a Naval Officer in the Reserves and currently serves as Command Chaplain to Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 (based here in Minneapolis). As of October 2016, he began his role as chaplain to the First Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department, as well.

No matter the context of ministry, Pastor Mike is humbled by what God has to say through each of us. He believes we each have a part in sharing the greatest story of all, the one of God’s love for all creation.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Augsburg in 2006, Pastor Mike graduated in 2012 from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Ill. He received his ordination from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2012. Pastor Mike and his wife Helen have four children.