Welcome Pastor Alanna Tyler!

Dear Park Avenue Family,

On behalf of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee, I am pleased to announce that it is the intention of Bishop Ough to appoint Pastor Alanna Tyler as Associate Pastor of Park Avenue United Methodist Church, and acting on behalf of our congregation, SPRC has affirmed the Bishop’s intention.  Her effective start date will be July 15, 2016 and her first official Sunday with us will be July 17th.  Pastor Tyler, a Godly Woman of faith, comes to us with a wealth of gifts and talents in ministry and leadership.  Please join me in enthusiastically welcoming her to our Park Avenue family. 

Sherri Boone, chair of SPRC / Park Avenue United Methodist Church
Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
Bruce Ough, Bishop
Twin Cities District
Dan Johnson, Superintendent




Park Avenue United Methodist Church  Minneapolis, MN

Rev. Alanna Tyler


M.Div., Luther Seminary, 2012

B.A., Grinnell College, Iowa, 1990


Denominational Standing

I am under the care of the Presbytery of Twin Cities Area, Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM). In February 2015 CPM conducted its final assessment and certified I am ready for ordination.


Professional Experience

1998-present: Hennepin County,

Former Planning Analyst and Purchasing Manager, Current Manager of Volunteer Program Development

2012-2013: Univ. of MN Medical Center, Fairview

Clinical Pastoral Education, Chaplain Intern

2005-2007: Dayton Avenue Presbyterian Church

Contextual Leadership and Internship

Vision of the Church

The church exists in and for the world and is called to fully share in God’s mission. The church announces and demonstrates God’s love, offers God’s grace, and equips God’s people for service. The church has gifts for enlivening, stabilizing, and strengthening neighborhoods and communities.


Gifts for Ministry

From my career in the public sector, I will bring to ministry demonstrated experience: working cooperatively to achieve an organization’s mission; creating opportunities for individuals and teams to develop; communicating effectively with diverse audiences; initiating and maintaining working relationships and partnerships; and facilitating inclusive conversations to reach decisions.

Call to Ministry

I am called to witness to God’s grace and love. Ministry includes: interpreting scripture faithfully with imagination and creativity; caring for those in need as they experience the joys and difficulties of life; supporting the spiritual, social, economic, and intellectual development of God’s people and helping the church to discern opportunities to share its significant gifts within as well as beyond its walls. I believe I am called to a ministry setting that is diverse and inclusive and where there are opportunities for meaningful collaboration. I hope to join with a congregation that, as an expression of its faith, seeks to love, serve and share its gifts with its neighbors—especially those most in need—and welcomes all people.

Leadership Style

As a leader, I am: hopeful and help others to see possibilities; self-aware and attentive to the context where I find myself; a learner who makes connections between new and old ideas; committed to creating relevant learning environments; a focused listener and effective communicator; mindful of the big picture; collaborative; able to build and maintain trusting relationships; achievement-oriented and seek to motivate and support others; and flexible.

Community Involvement

I have volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Heartland, and Everybody Wins Minnesota. I am a past board member of Camp Fire USA Minnesota.