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“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” - II Peter 3:18

People of God Growing in Faith and Friendship.

Jesus was committed to helping people grow in their faith and relationships. He taught frequently using a variety of teaching methods to communicate his message. And he fostered opportunities for genuine relationships; especially around the table.  

Our Adult Ministry is broad and expansive. We offer a variety of learning experiences and fellowship opportunities every week. There are small group discussions, large group lectures, Bible studies, topical studies, and retreats as wells as field trips and outdoor adventures, dinners and concerts.

Our Adult Ministry invites you  to come to know Jesus and his love for us in a wide variety of ways. You might find yourself joining a small group pouring over a passage of scripture, around a table sharing stories of faith, in a boat with a line in the water talking about the parables of Jesus, or even on a plane off to explore the places Jesus walked. All are welcome. Come and bring a friend!

For more information contact: Pastor Cheryl Mathison at 763-475-7128 or by email.

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Adult Learning

Connecting our hearts and minds with Jesus.

There is something going on almost every day of the week year round for adult learners at St. Philip the Deacon. Bible Studies, small group discussions, lectures, speakers, Lectio Divina, and book club to name a few. 

For more information contact: Pastor Cheryl Mathison at 763-475-7128 or by email.

Faith & Life

The Faith & Life Lecture Series is a community service of St. Philip the Deacon. The series, which began in 2003, exists to create welcoming and accessible public forums where members of the Twin Cities community can hear nationally known speakers reflect on how Christian faith is related to different dimensions of everyday life. Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual series underwriters, the talks are always free public events.

The lectures typically last about 50 minutes, followed by a brief period for Q&A after the presentation by the speaker. After the Q&A, speakers are generally available for one-on-one discussion with members of the audience during an informal reception.

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Each year two different adult retreat experiences are offered.  

St. John’s Retreat

The St. John’s Retreat is held over three days during the summer on the beautiful campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, is a time for creativity and spiritual growth. Men, women, singles and couples are all invited and friends are welcome, too.

For more information please contact Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson at 763-475-7126 or by email.

Women’s Retreat

The Women’s Retreat is a special retreat held over a spring weekend.  It offers participants opportunities to reflect and pray in a peaceful community among women.

For more information please contact Pastor Valerie Strand Patterson at 763-475-7126 or by by email.


SPD Outdoors

SPD Outdoors is a ministry that nurtures the faith of those who feel a strong connection with God in nature and physical activity. Through devotions, fellowship and special events, we share in the wonders of creation and in care of the earth. SPD Outdoors sponsors group hikes, fishing retreats, camping and more. Join an SPD Outdoors event and help us Reach Out, Proclaim and Explore!

For more information contact: Pastor Mark Schmid at 763-475-7129 or by email.

Women’s Circles

Women gather each month in circles (groups of 8 – 20 women) for fellowship, study, and service. Circles are formed around similar demographics (for example: retired; with children at home, etc.) and each one has a specific mission focus. All welcome new members at any time.

For more information contact: Cindy Carlson, Director of Congregational Life at 763-475-7110 or by email.


“The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn