Pastoral Intern, Mark Schlasner has been serving at the Inver Grove Heights campus for the past 4 years. Mark will be leaving CROSSROADS to pursue ministry as a chaplain.
Mark states, “I’m going to try to meet with the United Methodist Committee on ministry to get an understanding of a path forward to board certification for chaplaincy. Once I receive their approval, I’ll apply for a chaplain residency and go on from there. So, I’m still in the very beginning stages there. In the meantime, I’m just looking for jobs in the nonprofit sector”.
Mark and his lovely bride, Amy Jo live in the Minnetonka area where she works and is close to where her family resides. Mark’s farewell appreciation event will take place Sunday, September 13th at the Lakeville Campus at 9:30 am, and 10:30 am at the Inver Grove Heights campus. A catered meal will follow the service at IGH. Please reach out to Mark to express your appreciation for his ministry at CROSSROADS over these years.
We are happy to announce that Pastor Dan Schauer of New Heights Community Church (NHCC) will act as the interim campus pastor for CROSSROADS Inver Grove Heights for the remainder of this year. Dan is the founding pastor of NHCC and planted the church with his wife, son, and a core group of volunteers over 14 years ago. NHCC began renting space at the CROSSROADS Inver Grove Heights campus in August of 2018. The two churches began doing ministry together from the get-go, and in January 2020, combined the two worship services into one. CROSSROADS is blessed to have this unique opportunity and this relationship that provides leadership, energy, and kingdom impact to the IGH community.
You may have seen him around both Lakeville and Inver Grove Heights campuses; he preaches, teaches, cooks, prays, greets, leads youth, sets up tables and chairs. Whatever it takes to do the works of ministry, Jason is there! Currently, Jason and a core group of about 8-10 others have been meeting for Bible studies and leadership development with the intentions of starting a new worship experience at the Inver Grove Heights Campus beginning this fall. Watch for details and the start of this service in future CROSSROADS communications.