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Is this your first time visiting us? If so, please know we’ve been expecting you and we’re delighted that you’re learning more about us!

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

Maybe you’re brand new to the Christian faith and have never set foot in a church. Maybe you’re new to the area and looking for a church home after leaving behind a beloved community of faith. Perhaps you want to think about life’s most important questions: Why am I here? Where am I going? Maybe you’re looking for ways to give back. Or maybe you’re not entirely sure why you’re here at all.

Whatever has brought you to St. Philip the Deacon, please know this: we are delighted that you’ve found us. We’re pretty sure that—no matter what has drawn you to this place—you’ll find others who are here for similar reasons. We’re also confident that your presence here—your questions, your experiences, your skills and your passions—will add something important to our life together.

Generally, the process for joining St. Philip the Deacon is to attend a New Member Orientation and complete our membership form. We frequently offer New Member Orientation sessions. You can register for these at Any questions can be directed to Cindy Carlson at or Pastor Tim Westermeyer at

If you’d like to submit your membership information online, click on the button below and complete our online membership form.

If you would prefer to print a PDF of the membership form to complete and send to St. Philip the Deacon, please click the button below.

“All are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’” - Matthew 25:35

You’ll learn a bit about St. Philip the Deacon in these pages, but we hope we’ll have a chance to meet you personally so we can get to know you and answer any of your questions. And we also look forward to learning more about you—and what brought you here.

If you have questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to call us at 763-475-7100, contact any of our staff directly by phone or email, stop by our office during the week, or visit our Welcome Desks before or after any of our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I come to visit, where should I enter the church building?
During the week, come to our Office Entrance on the west side of the church and someone will be in the office to greet you. During weekend services, you can enter through any of the church entrances. 

What should I wear to services?
People wear a variety of things, but generally “business casual” describes what most people wear to worship. But dressing up or coming casual are also perfect. Come as you are.

Do I need to go to a class before I worship at St. Philip the Deacon?
Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome to worship here whether you’ve been attending church your whole life, or whether this is your first time visiting a congregation.

Do I need to be Lutheran to attend services or to join the church?
Absolutely not. At St. Philip the Deacon, we’re Christians first, and Lutherans second. While we’re grateful for our Lutheran heritage, and believe it has much to offer the world, we also are humbled and grateful that our congregation is made up of people from all kinds of other non-Lutheran traditions.

Is there someone I can call to ask some other questions?
Feel free to reach out to our Senior Pastor, Tim Westermeyer at 763-475-7136 or by email, or Cindy Carlson, our Director of Congregational Life, at 763-475-7115 or by email. Or, contact any of the rest of our staff directly if you have questions about specific ministries.

We hold one-hour New Member Orientation regularly throughout the year. These brief, informal sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about our Lutheran faith tradition, meet other families considering membership and find ways to share in the life of this faith community.

To register for an upcoming session: Sign up here or contact Cindy Carlson, Director of Congregational Life at 763-475-7115 or by email.

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“Silence is evil’s closest ally.”

Gary Amirault