Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland
Pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church-Milwaukee
Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland grew up in Lutheran churches in the small Minnesota communities of Little Falls and Wadena. She attended St. Olaf College, graduating with majors in Speech Theatre and Political Science. Choosing to continue on with her education, Rev. Bates-Froiland earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Speech Communication from Indiana University. After many years of evasion, she answered a longstanding call to ordained ministry, eventually giving up her work as college professor to attend the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. In the span of a couple of months in 2011, Rev. Bates-Froiland began her first and only call at Redeemer Lutheran Church-Milwaukee, was ordained, and graduated from LSTC with a Masters of Divinity. Lisa and her husband, David Froiland, an employment attorney with Ogletree/Deakins, celebrated twenty-five years of marriage in July. They were gifted with two daughters, Madelyn (a senior at St. Olaf College) and Betsy (a freshmen at Wesleyan University). Titus the Church Dog, a year-old labrador retriever, makes life interesting.
Change is Possible: The Renewal of a Multi-everything City Church
The finances were a mess. The building a shambles. The staffing model was set for stagnation. The church was largely invisible to a neighborhood that had become a foreign land. Thirty people gathered for traditional Sunday morning worship that only a highly-trained Lutheran could follow. Even the newly called part-time pastor drove to church thinking, "This place should close and make way for something else." Well, something else arrived, but the congregation did not close. Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland will share the crucial uses of YES and NO that helped to foster a Spirit-driven triple growth at Redeemer Lutheran Church-Milwaukee.
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