New Faces at The Crossroads

New Faces at The Crossroads

IMG_2557 Crossroads has a new pastor

Crossroads pastor Heather Hammond began serving Crossroads Campus Ministry over the summer. “Campus ministry,” she says, “has called to me for such a long time, I’m thrilled to be entrusted with this ministry.” Heather was formally installed October 11 by Bishop’s Associate Mary Kay DuChene of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod.

She’s not big into titles, but she is the Rev. Dr. Hammond. Heather earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton NJ; her Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul MN; and her BA from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She has served parish calls in La Crosse, Wisconsin; Knox, Pennsylvania;  St. Louis Park, MN., and Minnetonka MN. In 1998 she was named Senior Editor for Adult Education in the E.L.C.A.’s denominational publishing house, a post she held until joining the Minneapolis Area Synod staff where her responsibilities included Call Process, Candidacy, Global Mission, and Stewardship.

Heather makes her home in 130-year-old house in Mankato, with two big dogs and and a spunky cat. In her volunteer time she serves as President of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Blue Earth County Health and Human Services.

Meet Gail Fox, new Campus Cupboard Coordinator


Gail began as Cupboard Coordinator in  September 2018. She cares about hungry students, loves to prepare good food, and has an amazing talent for administration. Stop by the Cupboard any Tuesday to meet her!

Spirituality for the curious

Crossroads serves the Minnesota State University–Mankato community. You don’t need any special denominational affiliation to fit in,  or even a church background at all.  Some of us are life-long Christians, some of  us started because we wondered about Jesus. Our pastor won’t judge anyone for having questions or doubts. That’s how a person grows.  She’s especially good with people who have been treated badly on account of their gender, sexual orientation, race, or class.

Crossroads is the only Reconciling in Christ campus ministry at MSU.  That means we are serious about keeping this a safe and hospitable place for all people of good will. Our primary form of community service is is combating hunger among college students.

Blessing Scarves

A blessing scarf is a handmade scarf, knitted or crocheted, given to a member of the wider University community who is going through a rough patch. One recently went to a young woman whose dad died suddenly and unexpectedly. Another went to the spouse of a faculty member who was beginning cancer treatment.  Yarn and instruction provided–and you can borrow our knitting needles, too. Do it on your own, or work on a scarf over lunch on Tuesdays, 11:00 – 1:00IMG_2584.JPG


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