Meet Kristen Capel
Kristen Capel is the lead pastor at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. She is also a strategist, visionary, encourager, and coach who loves people and loves God’s Church. Her passion is to help congregations discover where the Holy Spirit is leading and find innovative ways to reach their God-sized vision.
An ordained pastor with 20 years of service in four different ELCA congregations, Kristen has followed God’s lead to create transformation in every congregation she has served.
From 2011-2018, Kristen served as lead pastor of Easter Lutheran Church; a vibrant, two-campus congregation in a suburb of St. Paul, MN. During her tenure as lead pastor, Easter went from an internally-focused church to a church that was alive with community meals, after-school tutoring, addiction support groups, and ministry with at-risk youth. Of course all of that transformation demands resources, and one of Kristen’s favorite parts of Ministry is watching God move mountains through the generosity of faithful people.
Kristen has been a keynote speaker at synod assemblies, youth events, and women’s retreats. In her spare time, she volunteers at her local food shelf, works with grassroots organizations as an anti-racism advocate, and has served on several community boards.
In her free-time, Kristen loves hiking, water-coloring, golfing, drinking good coffee, cooking, spending time with friends who fill her soul, and most especially – spending time with her husband of 20 years, and her two beautiful daughters.
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