The vision of King of Kings is to feed physical hunger, spiritual hunger and our hunger to be in community. God has equipped and called us as followers of Christ to serve as a witness in the world, living out that vision statement. From CCEFS in Oakdale to the plains of Tanzania, King of Kings members share the love of Christ and partner with the ministries of Christians around the world to feed physical hunger, spiritual hunger, and the hunger to be in community through our church service missions. If you’re seeking ‘mission trips near me’ or other ways to serve at church, please view King of Kings’ mission partners and opportunities to serve below.
God calls us to go into the world and make relationships, share the gospel, and create community. King of King’s global mission partnerships endeavor to follow that call. From relationships with church communities to support for healthcare development, we accompany ELCA missionaries and walk beside our sisters and brothers to fulfill God’s mission to the world. King of Kings supports a wide range of global mission programs and partners.
Kilolo Parish in the Iringa Diocese, Tanzania has been our companion congregation for more than 20 years. This partnership through the St. Paul area synod is part of the Bega Kwa Bega program.
In Swahili, Bega Kwa Bega means shoulder to shoulder. It’s a phrase that describes the way we aspire to relate to one another as equals and companions in ministry. The pillars of the companion relationship are prayer, presence, and projects.
Through Bega Kwa Bega, King of Kings’ supports Kilolo in several ways, but especially with secondary school scholarships and an annual gift.
Linaje Escogido Church is an active church community in southwest Honduras. Over the course of their ministry outreach, they have developed many projects to serve their community, including several feeding programs for children and seniors, a clinic, a library, English classes, professional development seminars, and community evangelism programs. This church was founded by Peter and Martha Hearne. As they move closer to retirement, they plan for their son and daughter-in law to be their successors. Their names are Peter Isaac and Kathy Hearne.
Through local mission partnerships, we fulfill our own mission to feed physical hunger, spiritual hunger, and our hunger to be in community. Our mission partners address needs in our communities and help create a healthier world where all people can thrive. Our benevolence supports several local mission partners.
Open Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf is a food shelf working to address food insecurity in our community. OCEFS distributes more than 3.8 million pounds of food each year. In 2021, OCEFS opened a fresh, free market called Today’s Harvest, which provides fresh produce, meat, dairy, and bakery items that were rescued from local grocery stores and other partners. This market has helped thousands of families in our community meet their food needs each week. A second location was opened in February 2022.
Visit the Open Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf website to learn more.
The Connect Center’s “Youth Drop-in Centers” work to bridge the gap for youth experiencing unstable housing. With locations in Stillwater and Cottage Grove, the Connection Center provides a safe and supportive place for youth to have a hot meal, shower, do laundry, and connect with caring and supportive adults and professional youth counselors.
Visit The Connection Center website to learn more.
Every Meal is a Minnesota-based non-profit working to end child hunger through community and school partnerships. King of Kings partners with schools in the South Washington County School District to provide weekend food packs for students and families in need.
Visit the Every Meal website to learn more.
Meals from the Heart provides meals to neighbors in need and opportunities for those who wish to serve. Their prepackaged, shelf-stable meals are nutritious and flavorful. Community and corporate organizations can hold meal packing events to give back to their community and provide for food shelves in the area.
Visit the Meals from the Heart website to learn more.
Community Thread is an organization working to make meaningful connections within the community. Their programs include rides for seniors to medical appointments or pharmacy pickups, yard clean-up, St. Croix River clean-up, school supply collection and holiday hope programs for low-income families, older adults, and adults with disabilities. They offer volunteer opportunities for people of all ages.
Visit the Community Thread website to learn more.
Loaves & Fishes is an on-site meal program where King of Kings members volunteer as part of a team that prepares and serves an evening meal to those in need. King of Kings serves meals at St. Matthew’s Church in St. Paul on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Visit the Loaves & Fishes website to learn more.
Camp Wapogasset is a Lutheran Bible Camp located near Amery, Wisconsin. Camp Wapo offers year-round opportunities, with specific focus on summer camps for youth and families. King of Kings financially supports Camp Wapo yearly.
Visit the Camp Wapogasset website to learn more.
OCEFS Saturday Morning Volunteeringlearn more
American Red Cross Blood Driveslearn more
Youth (Infant)learn more
Kids of the Kingdom
(3 Yrs - 5th Grade)
Youth (Middle - High School)learn more
At Worshiplearn more
Loaves and Fisheslearn more
Volunteer Emergency Response Team (V.E.R.T.)learn more
Volunteering with Open Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf (Formerly Christian Cupboard) on Saturday morning is a short-term volunteer opportunity that is offered quarterly by King of Kings. Volunteers will assist customers, stock coolers and food racks, help sort and clean the market space, and more.
This is a fun team building or family activity for groups ages 12 through adults. 10-15 volunteers are needed each time. If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Hendrickson.
This volunteer experience will be held at the OCEFS location in Oakdale, next to Guardian Angels Church.
2022 Dates: July 23 and October 22
King of Kings hosts multiple American Red Cross blood drives each year.Donating blood takes about one hour, including a mini-physical and health interview. Actual donation time is typically only 8-10 minutes. Best of all – within about 10 days, your blood will have helped save lives in our community!
The Quilters create beautiful quilts of all sizes that are donated to local and global ministry partners. Partners include Union Gospel Mission (Naomi Family Residence), ELCA’s Lutheran World Relief, and ministries serving seniors in Honduras and Tanzania.
When: First & Third Wednesday of every month, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Location: King of Kings, West Conference Room
Volunteers: Anyone—No sewing experience needed
Contact: Judy Carlson
Lambs Gate Nursery
Volunteers work along side our nursery staff to provide a safe, loving atmosphere for our youngest members during worship. To learn more about our nursery, contact Andrea Villanueva.
Ready, Set, Grow Preschool
We’re looking for senior citizen volunteers to read stories, come to play, and just have fun with the children for a short time. The times are very flexible and will fit any schedule. For more information, contact Andrea Villanueva.
Volunteer opportunities include:
For more information, contact Paula Arland.
Middle School (6th-8th Grade)
We are looking for teachers for Wednesday evening classes, as well as chaperones for events and trips. For more information, contact Michael Carmack.
Refuel (High School)
Adult Mentors and chaperones are also needed for the youth. Days and times are flexible. For more information, contact Michael Carmack.
We have a variety of musical groups to participate in or assist with. Please visit the Worship page.
Production & Tech
Fill a variety of production and technology positions. Please visit the Worship page.
Usher, Communion Assistant, Reader, Greeter
Assist the pastors to ensure that every worship service moves smoothly and efficiently. For more information, please visit the Worship page.
Our gardens create a welcoming environment for anyone who visits our church home. The gardening team works to beautify the grounds of the church by maintaining the gardens. We plant flowers, trees and shrubs, spread mulch, weed, and conduct overall garden maintenance. For more information, contact Annette Sherrill
We are a group of people with specific skills associated with the building and it’s maintenance. Our calling is to assist the church staff when called upon to answer questions and volunteer our time for specific projects in and around the church building. For more information, contact Randy Swenson.
Decorating is a sub committee of the Gardening team. Volunteers help plan and coordinate the decorating of the church to enhance the appearance and create a welcoming atmosphere. For more information, contact Annette Sherill.
Loaves and Fishes is an on-site meal program in which King of Kings members volunteer to serve on a team to prepare and serve an evening meal to those in need. (Average attendance 150.)
Dates: Third Wednesday of every month, 4:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: St. Mathew’s Church, 490 Hall Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55107
Volunteers: adults and youth 13 yrs+ (however, youth ages 8-12 yrs may volunteer but must have direct one-on-one supervision.)
Contact: Jonathan Jordan
Volunteers from King of Kings register and train to assist the Woodbury Public Safety Department with emergency response. This could include evacuations, shelter operations, sandbagging, debris cleanup, missing persons, and other local emergencies.
Location: Public Safety Building, 2100 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
Contacts: Chris Gandhi
BeFriender Ministrylearn more
Visitation Ministrylearn more
Prayer Shawlslearn more
Prayer Teamlearn more
Caring Casseroleslearn more
Alzheimers Associationlearn more
Are you or someone you know experiencing job loss, financial difficulties, divorce, grief, loneliness, illness, empty nest, or any other difficult situations? You might consider getting together with a BeFriender.
A BeFriender is trained to provide a confidential, non-judgmental listening presence to those they visit. They are not counselors and do not give advice; they listen with compassion and pray with those they visit. The BeFriender Ministry represents the caring presence of God, brings comfort, is a connection to the community of faith, and serves as a tangible reminder of God’s love and grace.
If you feel a BeFriender could offer the support you desire, please contact Pastor Jon Larson.
Our Visitation Ministers are trained members of King of Kings who visit the elderly or those who are shut in with illness or immobility. These compassionate volunteers offer a connection to our faith family, prayer and communion. These ministers are also used to make check-in calls to congregation members as a way to better connect and care for people in their joys and struggles of life so we can better serve and pray for our members.
If you or someone you know would benefit from a visit from a Visitation Minister, or if you are interested in being a part of this team, please contact Pastor Jon Larson for more information.
The King of Kings Prayer Shawl Group knits and crochets shawls for those going through difficult times within our church home and community. At each monthly meeting, members turn in, label and bind the prayer shawls that have been completed during the previous month, discuss the current level of need for different sizes/types of shawls, read thank you notes that they receive, and most importantly, spend time knitting or crocheting on our current shawl projects.
Anyone who likes to knit or crochet shawls is encouraged to join as well as those who would like to learn how – we have many able teachers, instruction books, and materials. There are few more tangible and lasting ways to show someone how much God loves them than with a shawl crafted by prayerful, loving hands as a warm embrace whenever they need it.
For more information on the Prayer Shawl Ministry, contact Lee Ann Behling.
Are you someone who knows and believes in the power of prayer, or would like to grow and learn more about prayer? We would love to have you be a part of this team. Our meetings consist of a time of prayer for the people of our congregation, the staff and all aspects of the ministries that occur here, along with prayer for our country, city and the leaders. We will explore different ways to pray and grow in faith together as we see how prayers are answered. The prayer team is also involved in assisting with the Advent & Lent Devotionals, National Day of Prayer and other.
Meeting dates and times will be determined based on team availability. If you would like to be a part of this team, please contact Pastor Jon Larson or call the church office.
Caring Casseroles is designed to provide a meal(s) to individuals and families in our church and community who are “in need” due to surgeries, illness, new baby, death in the family, and other unforeseen circumstances. If you like to cook or serve and help others, join us. When a need for meals arise, an email comes to you with the dates meals are needed. You have an opportunity to respond and if you can fill that need during that time then you will bring a simple meal to a very appreciative family.
This is such a beautiful and simple way to show the love and care of Christ to those who are in need of a little help and a break from the planning and cooking of a meal.
To learn more about Caring Casseroles and how to become a volunteer cook, please contact Dawn Swenson.
Alzheimer’s Association® Caregiver Support Groups
Third Tuesday of each month
7:00-8:00 p.m. via Google Meet
The Alzheimer’s Association® caregiver support groups are conducted by a trained facilitator and are for caregivers, family and friends of those with Dementia/Alzheimer’s or memory loss. The support groups offer a safe place to find support and exchange practical information on caregiving challenges, share feelings, needs, and concerns while also learning about community resources. If you are interested please contact Anna DeCorsey to get the link to the online meeting.
Adult social groups provide a welcoming atmosphere for fellowship and a unique opportunity for people to connect and grow their faith with others. Everyone is welcome to an upcoming meeting — make new friends, drink good coffee, and be a part of this special community here at King of Kings.
The 50+ Group started in 1996 as a social organization for singles and couples. King of Kings members and friends over the age of 50 are all invited to take part in our weekly and monthly activities! Each month, the group plans a social outing or event around the community and also gathers weekly for coffee and baked goods to catch up and “conduct business”.
When: Every Friday morning at 9 a.m.
Where: Holy Grounds Café
Who: Members and friends of King of Kings who are over the age of 50
Contact: To learn more about the 50+ Group, contact Tami Olson or Lynne Engberg.
A very active group of retired men who enjoy socializing, serving, and learning together. The group’s monthly meetings include breakfast, devotions, and an educational and inspirational guest speaker or tour of a local establishment. The men also stay active by taking on various projects around the church and the community as the need arises.
When: 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:45 a.m.
Where: Holy Grounds Café
Who: Retired men looking to learn and grow with others
Contact: For more information about the Retired Men’s Group, contact:
The King’s Sisters, retired and semi-retired women, get together for the purpose of fellowship, education and service. We meet for lunch and a program, either at the church or at various community locations.
When: Second Thursday of most months
Where: various locations
Who: Retired & semi-retired women looking to socialize and grow spiritually.
Contact: For more information about how to get involved with the King’s Sisters, contact:
This is the perfect group for active adults interested in taking part in fun activities and fellowship around the community. Approximately once a month, the King’s Sociables come together for an exciting outing or event. Past trips have included museum trips and wine tastings. Whether you’re married, single, or looking to make new friends, everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
Contact: For more information about the King’s Sociables, contact
Mary Beth Johnson