St. Paul Fellowship began in 2002 as a group of 25 people who responded in faith to God’s call to church planting. We’re part of a broader movement of church planting that was begun by Jesus Christ, and has extended down through the centuries to our time.
But the history of St. Paul Fellowship actually goes back further than 2002. In 1990, Pat and Jane Kahnke purchased a home in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul, and at that time they began to dream of a new church that would reach out to unchurched people from St. Paul, across all lines of race and class, bringing a fresh wave of God’s Spirit into the neighborhood. Based on this initial vision, Pat returned to school, first to finish his undergraduate degree, and then to pursue seminary training.
Pat earned his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in June, 2001. During the course of his studies, he had the opportunity to participate in planting Hope Community Church at the University of Minnesota (out of Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis). He eventually became Hope’s full-time Pastor of Worship and Outreach.
Continuing to obey God’s original leading, in 2002 Pat began spearheading the launch of St. Paul Fellowship. Begun as a project of Hope Community Church, we’ve been growing into the church we’ve always dreamed about in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul. We’re convinced that God’s hand is guiding us, as evidenced in part by our congregation’s heartfelt commitment to the vision of the church, God’s provision of a building for us, the spiritual growth of our church as we study His word and fellowship together, and the numerical growth He has given us as people from the neighborhood continue to join with us.
In 2010, we merged with Christ Community Church, a group of like-minded Christians with a 20-year history in St. Paul. The result of blending our two churches together was growth – both numerical and also in terms of ministry.
Our long-term vision is to establish St. Paul Fellowship as a strong, viable church, and then to plant more churches in the city. Toward that end, we took a major faith step of purchasing a church building at Victoria and Sherburne. We have made a long-term commitment to this specific neighborhood, and we hope to see many new churches planted from out of this small congregation. Our dream is to see many, many people come to Christ on the corner of Victoria and Sherburne, and to see hundreds of lives changed over the years through participation in the body of Christ at St. Paul Fellowship.
In April, 2016, Pat Kahnke retired from pastoring, and in March, 2017 Scott Ginn took over as Senior Pastor.
Scott Ginn grew up in the Twin Cities area, in the suburb of Coon Rapids. Sports, family, and faith were formational to his growing up years. After graduating high school, Scott went on a six-week missions trip to China, a trip which ignited his faith in God and his interest in cross-cultural engagement.
In 2005, Scott graduated from Northwestern College (now University of Northwestern – St. Paul) with a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies. He also completed a minor in Intercultural Studies, which involved an eight-week missions and study trip to Europe and Africa.
From 2006-2017, Scott has been in full-time ministry at two different nonprofit organizations, Union Gospel Mission and Antioch Ministries. In 2006, Scott became the Director of Gospel Hill Camp, a ministry of Union Gospel Mission. Gospel Hill Camp provides children and youth from historically underserved communities the opportunity to learn about God and experience His creation.
Scott took on a dual role at UGM in 2010 overseeing both camp and the Ober Community Center, located in the Rondo/Frogtown neighborhoods. Ober offers discipleship, sports, and educational programs for 6-17 year olds and partners with community organizations in providing additional programming.
Since 2013, Scott has been Executive Director of Antioch Ministries in North Minneapolis. Antioch is a neighborhood-based ministry focusing on youth discipleship and community development. Scott’s role at the organization includes program oversight, fundraising, community partnerships and engagement, and staff/volunteer development.
Scott has a passion for and gifting in equipping and empowering others through training, mentorship, and spiritual formation.
The Ginns moved into Frogtown in 2011 and began attending St. Paul Fellowship in 2012. Scott and Amanda have been married ten years and have two children: Ainsley (age 8) and Thaddeus (age 6). As a family, they enjoy trips to the zoo, reading, cheering on their favorite sports teams, and playing games. They are also very excited about their new dog, Micah.