Church names new youth, family director

Ian McConnell is the new director of Children, Youth and Family (CYF) Ministry for Elk River Lutheran Church.

Katherine and Audrey Horner talk with Ian McConnell, Elk River Lutheran Church’s new director of children, youth and family ministry.

McConnell, originally of St. Louis Park, comes to Elk River Lutheran from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wasilla, Alaska where he was the director of youth ministry. He will be installed Sunday, Sept. 23, in Elk River.

McConnell, 25, is Elk River Lutheran’s first full-time CYF director.

He is completing a bachelor of communications degree from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and plans to continue his education in children, youth and family ministry.

Elk River Lutheran Church is in the process of a $500,000 renovation, including expanded youth and family ministry spaces, at its new church at 529 Main St. in downtown Elk River. The church is currently located at 19437 Evans St. in Elk River and plans are to hold the first services at the new church by Christmas 2012.