Staff

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Chris Wogaman

Interim Musician

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Luke Swanger

Interim Musician

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Dennis Sanders

Pastor

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Chris Wogaman is interim musician at First Christian Church, and serves as supply pastor at Solør Lutheran Church in Webster, MN, as well as freelance Digital Book Architect for Fortress Press. Chris has received degrees from Lawrence and Yale Universities and the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He is awaiting first call as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Among his musical and creative pursuits, Chris writes hymns for various congregations and sings lower bass with the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus. Born in rural western Pennsylvania, Luke Swanger began his piano studies at the age of four. He attended Johnson State College in Vermont where he studied with Diane Huling. While there, he completed a B.A. in piano performance and also accompanied the Cambridge Classic Chorale.  He recently completed an M.M. in performance with Sergio Gallo at Georgia State University and has relocated to South Minneapolis. He instructs at Blackbird’s Music Store and is an interim musician for the First Christian Church of St. Paul (Disciples of Christ).

Dennis Sanders is a native of Flint, Michigan, the son of two retired autoworkers. He went to Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism.

Dennis graduated in 2001 from Luther Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2002. From 2004 to 2007, Dennis was the founding pastor of Community of Grace Christian Church in St. Paul. From 2008 until 2013 Dennis was Associate Pastor  at First Christian Church in Minneapolis.

When he isn’t at First, Dennis works full time as the Communications Specialist for Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis an avid Star Trek fan and blogger. He lives with his partner Daniel in Minneapolis with their two cats Carlos and Henri. You can follow Dennis at his blog A Clockwork Pastor.