About Us

Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission: Prompted by Revelation 21, we believe that God is calling Minneapolis to be a New City where all tribes are welcomed in, where there is no more violence, and where the whole earth is renewed.

Our Vision: To create inspired and skilled communities that join God in transforming the world.

What’s Northeast about?

Northeast UMC is an intergenerational community that believes God wants the world to be flourishing and just. We know we will never live into these values perfectly, but by God’s grace we step into them deeper each day:

Northeast UMC celebrates and affirms the LGBTQ+ community. Many of our leaders, including our pastor, are queer! In affirming the LGBTQ+ community, we remember that God is love (1 John 4:7)
Northeast UMC strives to be an actively antiracist community. Our Embodied Antiracism programming is a core part of following Jesus, who came to liberate the oppressed and set captives free (Luke 4:18)
Northeast UMC loves the earth, and we strive to counteract climate change in both policy and practice. We converted our yard to a garden! We believe the earth is the Lord’s (Psalm 24:1-2)

Northeast Building Partners

Northeast UMC partners with organizations to serve our neighborhood. We share space in our building, but these organizations are otherwise not faith-based, and you do not need to identify as a Christian to participate:

Minneapolis Toy Library
Neighborhood Children’s House Preschool
Sister’s Camelot (see their Facebook for free organic food distribution)

Branching with New City

Northeast UMC has another “branch” in South Minneapolis called New City Church. These two communities share values and resources, but we do some neighborhood-specific things, too. We’re grateful for this partnership!


CALLIE HENSLER (they/them)

Callie (Cal) Hensler is a Twin Cities based musician.  In addition to worship leading, they work as a freelance accompanist and educator/music therapist.  They hold a B.A. in Music from Minnesota State University Moorhead and are completing thesis requirements for a Master of Music Therapy degree from Augsburg University.  When not musicking, Cal can be found in a coffee shop somewhere or at home in Saint Paul with their dog, Milly.

Ellen Morrison (she/her)

Ellen comes to Northeast UMC with 6 years experience leading childrens’ ministry at her previous
congregation and 9 years teaching preschool at Waite Park Recreation Center. She was born and raised in
Minneapolis, and after leaving for college and traveling the world, she chose to settle back in Minneapolis
and has lived in Northeast for the last 13 years. Ellen recently finished her M.A. in Biblical Studies from
United Theological Seminary in St. Paul with an interest in sex and gender roles in the Bible. She lives
with her husband Ben, her kids Wes (14) and Jade (12), and her dogs Frankie and Blue Ivy.

Lynn Scott (she/her)

Lynn has been active at the intersection of administration (meaning “to minister”) and spirituality in her vocation throughout her career. Her most recent ministry was as the Operations Director and spiritual leader for ARC Retreat Center (MN) where she lived in community for five years, oversaw the daily operations, and welcomed guests for rest and renewal on this 90-acres of white pine forest. She has worked through the United Methodist Church in various locations and now finds her calling in offering administrative and organizational gifts in this congregation that is seeking to be the presence of God in the world. Lynn appreciates her practice of T’ai Chi, tennis, biking, and her new found love of weaving. 

Rev Tyler Sit (he/him)
Lead Pastor

Rev. Tyler Sit is a lover of Minnesota, a United Methodist pastor, and the son of a Chinese immigrant. Sit earned a BS in Communication Studies from Boston University and a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, and he has lived in four continents. He is the author of Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers, which Barbara Brown Taylor endorsed saying ‘…it makes me want a do over on Christianity.” Sit has formal training as a prison chaplain, community organizer, and social entrepreneur. Sit started New City Church, and has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Minnesota Public Radio, and more for his work. He and his partner, Brian, live in Minneapolis. Learn more at TylerSit.com (TylerSit.com)

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