About Us

Get to know us before you visit us.

Welcome to our site! I am so glad that you are here. Take a look around to learn more about who we are as a church, our mission and vision for Christ, as well as information about how you can get involved in any of our events and minstries. We welcome you to come visit our church! If you have any questions at all, I would love to connect with you! At St. George's you will find a cross section of America, striving to live in Harmony with God and with each other.

We have two Sunday services:

8:00 am  - Rite I  Service (Completative Service)

10:30 am - Rite II Service (Choir and Music)

First Wednesday of each month:

6:00 pm - Evening Service







Who We Are

We are an interesting bunch of characters!

As Episcopalians, we are "old fashioned," retaining the ancient traditions and worship services of the first Christians. At the same time, Episcopalians approach God with humility. We do not pretend to know all of the answers. We engage with each other, with scripture and in prayer, and with modern knowledge to try our best to understand God's nature and will for us, and how we might respond to God's call to mission with and in our community. 

At St. George’s, you’ll find a cross section of America, striving to live in harmony with God and with each other. We vary by race, sexual orientation, economic circumstance, and political perspective.

In this diversity, we strive to defy polarization and social tribalism. We’re committed to actively engaging with each other and with Christ’s teachings, living together in love. We don’t ignore our differences, but try to reach deep into our faith and scripture to respectfully and joyfully travel together in God’s kingdom.

Here are congregational characteristics that bubbled to the top in personal interviews with dozens of members during the fall of 2016:

  • Comfortable and caring relationships
  • A passion for our Eucharistic liturgy and music
  • A strong commitment to spiritual journey and depth
  • An affinity for small group interactions

Our History

St. George’s began its journey right after World War II, with a petition to the Bishop from about 50 households in the “Village” of St. Louis Park. After a first organizational meeting on December 6, 1945, the congregation began meeting and praying in individual homes and a local Legion Hall.

By the end of 1946, they’d hired Fr. Roger Schmuck as their first pastor and settled on a spot for their new church home. They moved into a Quonset hut on that property, which served both as a worship space and a gym for the children and surrounding community.

In the 1960s the facilities expanded as the community expanded, with a new A-frame worship space and an adjoining Education building. But you can still see the mark of our post-war history in our Quonset-shaped Parish Hall.

Our congregation—like so many others—is now smaller than it was in the 60s, with about 93 participants at Sunday worship each week. Many in our congregation are “mature,” but our membership isn’t static. About a third of our active parishioners have been members for five years or less. Many of these newer members come from our local neighborhood.

Our Neighborhood

Like most metropolitan churches today, St. George’s has members that come many miles to participate in worship and church activities. We’re blessed, though, that so many of our members reside in or very near our home city of St. Louis Park. This includes several of our newest members.

There are about 121,000 people within a three-mile radius of our building. This area contains all of St. Louis Park, but also includes the Harriet-Calhoun-Isles-Cedar Lakes neighborhood of Minneapolis and parts of Golden Valley, Edina, and Hopkins.

This area is culturally and socioeconomically diverse. Although the average household income is $103,000, about 22% of households have incomes under $35,000.

Mission & Vision

Action without a plan is mearly a dream

“The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.”  – Book of Common Prayer

The people of St. George’s strive to fulfill this universal mission of our Church by supporting one another on our faith journeys and through personal transformation, engaging individuals and communities in the message of reconciliation and hope.

Our Leadership Team

Meet our awesom team of Christ Followers!

We are blessed to have some an amazing leadership team here. Below you will find a picture and a bio of each of our staff memebers. Take a moment to click through to learn more about who they are, why they do what they do, and more improtantly what their favorite color is! All kidding aside, our staff is a dedicate group of Christ Followers who are excited to connect with you!

Rev. Thomas Gehlsen, Rector

Deacon Diane McGowan

John Hoffacker, Music Director

Heather Whitesell, Children & Youth

Heather Grieger, Administrator

Service Times

We are looking forward to seeing you Sunday

Our main services are all on Sunday morning. All of the available times are posted below. Feel free to find a time that works best for you. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning!

Music is an important way for us to express and be moved by our faith and St. George’s has a strong music program. We also engage in Gospel-Based Discipleship in many different situations to strengthen our understanding of God’s call to us individually and as a community of faith.

  • 8:00am 
  • 10:30am
  • 6 pm (The first Wednesday of the Month