Pastor Ben Schori
I was called to Nativity in the fall of 2017 to serve as the Pastor of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries. I am married to my wife, Melissa, and we have two daughters: Johanna, born in 2016, and Isla, born in 2018. We also have a mini Australian Shepherd named Layla.
Melissa and I are natives of the Twin Cities, and grew up in Eagan where we met at our home Lutheran church. We both attended Luther College in Decorah, IA where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Just a few months after graduating, I began my coursework at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul. For a year during seminary, I served as the Intern Pastor at Sierra Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Vista, AZ. I graduated from Luther Seminary in 2014, earning a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry.
For my first call, I served as the Pastor of First Lutheran Church of Hibbing, MN. I served the good people of First Lutheran and the greater Iron Range community for over three years, before God’s call lead me to Nativity.
I have a passion for preaching and leading worship. I especially feel called to share a message that comforts the listener with the gift of God’s grace, while also challenging them to more genuinely and generously respond to that grace in life. I also have a strong passion for youth ministry. I believe that youth are not only the future of the church, but are a vital part of the church today. I love nurturing, challenging, and encouraging youth as they work to develop and grow their faith.
I love being a pastor of the ELCA. I love Star Wars and superheroes, and am a self-identified geek. I love being active. I love my family and friends. And, as an extrovert, I love meeting new people and having great conversations. So, please don’t hesitate to come say “Hello” because it will probably make my day.
PHONE: 612-781-2766, ext. 1010