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Clark-Grace UCC is a uniting church of a traditionally African-American congregation and traditionally European-American congregation. Our open and affirming congregation welcomes people of all ages, sexual orientations, races, and abilities. We also welcome the curious who ask questions about their faith and people who wish to strengthen a wobbly faith or challenge a complacent faith. Walk with us in faith toward the heart of God.

If you are looking for a small, vibrant, integrated church that is breaking stereotypes, join us.

Our pastors are Rev. Lisa Bodenheim and Rev. Oliver White.

If you would like to support us financially, please donate.


Confirmation, Sunday, May 5

Join us as we confirm our two youth during worship. Over the past three years they have met with Rev. Lisa and Rev. Oliver to learn more about the United Church of Christ and being disciples of Jesus, they have participated in Feed My Starving Children, attended a synagogue service, visited the African American Heritage Museum, and have been part of our faith community. On Sunday, we will welcome them as members of Clark-Grace UCC.

What do our members and friends say about us?

Clark Memorial was the first church in South St. Paul, but it is now Clark-Grace church and we will be celebrating our five-year anniversary on Sunday, September 9. There were some who said "it could not last" as a black/white church but Clark-Grace is stronger for this union.  All are welcome and encouraged to celebrate with us. 

When we blended our church 5 years ago, we ended up on the front page of the New York Times as well as in both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press. Our partnership of a traditionally African-American and traditionally European-American church breaks stereotypes! 

How did we end up together? Grace Church lost many of its members after Rev. Oliver White took a stand in support of gay marriage. Clark Church, which had been supportive of gay marriage for years, struggled with an aging population and dwindling membership. The two churches decided to start a partnership and the result is a vibrant, integrated church.  

On-Going Events

  • Afternoon Bible Study: selected Tuesdays, 1:00 pm at Angelos.

  • Gardening: Tuesdays at 6 pm. Unless it is raining!

  • Choir Rehearsal: We will meet Tuesdays, May 7 and 14 at 7 pm. We will rehearse at 9 am on May 19 for Pastor Lisa’s Service of Farewell

  • Off-Track Bible Study: Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm. Join us! You can find the Murray Room though the office door at Clark-Grace. Lots of conversations as we relate the Bible to events of the times.

Looking Ahead

  • Thursday, May 2, 9 am-3 pm, Minnesota Conference Workshop to be held at Clark-Grace

  • Sunday, May 5, 10 am, Worship Service with Confirmation

  • Saturday, May 11, 1-4 pm, Bingo Fundraiser $12.00 suggested donation. There will be refreshments—hot dogs, chips, pop. We have also gathered prizes together for the winner of the games!

  • Sunday, May 19, 10 am, Service of Farewell This will be Rev. Lisa Bodenheim’s last day at Clark-Grace UCC. She was called 7-1/2 years ago, in 2011, to serve Clark Memorial UCC. In 2013, Rev Oliver White and Grace Community UCC began to share worship and the two faith communities have been together ever since. Rev. Oliver White will continue to pastor with Clark-Grace UCC.


We are a diverse community. We journey in faith and work together, reaching out to serve our neighbors locally in South St. Paul and globally through the United Church of Christ special offerings. We support:

Clark-Grace United Church of Christ, 779 15th Avenue North, South St Paul, MN  55075