Associate Pastor of Christian Formation
Team member since:
It's been my pleasure to serve here at Sanctuary since 2011. In my current role as Formation Pastor, I get to create spaces for adults to Connect, Grow, & Serve in ways that draw them closer to God and other people. Having served two churches in North Minneapolis for well over a decade, I'm very excited about the opportunities that we have to join with God and our many partners to bring about healing and transformation in North Minneapolis and beyond!
At my core, I am a South Carolinian who loves Minneapolis, music, history, people, travel, Bar-B-Que, and SEC football! I am married to an amazing woman, Shanequa, and we are parents to two beautiful girls, Taylor & Harper. I am a lifelong learner. I studied African-American Studies & U.S. History at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. I earned a Masters of Divinity degree in Preaching & Communication from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I’ve taken part in numerous other fellowships and cohorts over the years.
Beyond my work at Sanctuary, I am passionate about developing leaders of all ages who will impact society from their sphere of influence. I love writing and speaking! I am at my best when I’m using biblical teaching, humor, storytelling and my background in the humanities & social sciences to influence others in the ways of Jesus. Most recently, I was a contributor to the book, Father Factor: American Christian Men on Fatherhood and Faith, a project with White Cloud Press, and the author of Reclaiming Fatherhood, which appeared in YouthWorker Journal. You can find my irregular but interesting blogs about faith, family, and other topics at www.edrinwilliams.com.