The Rev. Craig Pederson joined the Minneapolis Area Synod staff in February 2015 as Assistant to the Bishop for Congregational Vitality. He received a B.A. in sociology and music from Gustavus Adolphus College and his M.Div. from Luther Seminary. He has previously served at All Saints Lutheran Church, Cottage Grove, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Northeast Minneapolis, and Grace Lutheran Church, Northeast Minneapolis. In his last call, Craig oversaw the consolidation of three Lutheran congregations and the development of the Grace Center for Community Life, which houses a number of religious, educational and community programs.