Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Who We Are

Sharing God's Love and Ours!

Gethsemane is a community congregation with a strong membership in all age groups. We have a particular focus on children's, youth and elder care with MaryAlice Holm heading up our Sunday School, our youth minister Drew Nelson heading up the youth program and Pastor John Peterson providing care for our shut-ins and those with limited mobility.
We also have women's groups, a men's bible study and many other opportunities to learn, serve and grow.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 08:00am - Traditional
  • 10:30am - Contemporary and Traditional

What to Expect

What are services like?
The 8 AM service is a traditional liturgical service with a relaxed feel. The 10:30 AM Service changes each week. The second Sunday of the month is led by our NewDay band. The third sunday of the month is traditional with music by our chancel Choir. The fourth Sunday of the month features a liturgy created by Dakota Road. The first and fifth Sundays can be any of the above or something entirely different. Communion is served on the first and second Sundays and festivals

What is the community like?
Our church is very much like our community. Even though we would be an average sized church in a large city, the congregation and the community have a small town feel. Together with our neighboring community of Cokato, we share the honor of being rated by Bloomberg as being the two best communities in which to raise a child in the state of Minnesota.

What if I'm not a Christian?
A good church must always be a place where an honest person can ask an honest question about anything. As a church planter, Pastor Steve has a strong interest and passion for working with people who are searching for faith. Those who are interested in the search are always welcome here.


Steve Olson

After serving in Canada for 21 years as a parish re-developer, a church planter and as a pastor, Pastor Steve moved to Gethsemane with his wife Diane in 2004. Steve and Diane have two married sons and 5 grandchildren. Steve and Diane share a passion for pastoral care. For recreation, their favorite past times are spending time with family and travel.


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