New City Team
(Director of Community Formation)
Tori Haugeberg has been involved in group-process work and addressing social issues through the arts since the age of fourteen, when she was a performer and community organizer in a teens’ traveling theatre company. She has always been attracted to alternative forms of community and unorthodox expressions of the church. More particularly, it is in the garden and around the table that she has most connected with God and others. After graduating college with a degree in pastoral studies and minor in biblical studies, her and her (now) husband formed a house church that centered on these activities. Through this experience, she realized the subversive potential of urban gardening to bring communities together and empower the disenfranchised. They moved to Atlanta so she could study at Candler School of Theology and learn more specifically how to address issues of inequity and injustice through the church and the garden.
Over the last few years, some of her greatest education and deepest formation has occurred while volunteering with Burundi refugee farmers in Atlanta, offering pastoral counseling to incarcerated mothers in the GA prison system, undergoing yoga teacher training, and in her own transformative experience of home birth and motherhood. These continue to inform and fuel her passion for embodied and liberative theology, issues of women's rights and advocacy, food justice, racial reconciliation, and community development. She has spent the last year as a yoga instructor, stay-at-home-mom, and homesteader on a permaculture farm in rural Missouri. She is elated to be back in Minneapolis and to have the honor of helping form the community of New City Church!
Kai is the son of immigrants from China. Throughout his life, he has straddled the lines of being deeply interested in business ("No way. I don't believe you're an accounting major.") and being deeply interested in social justice (coworker: "I just can't stand those violent coworkers." me (silently): "My friends are not violent protestors!"). For this reason, he deeply appreciates his role as the New City Church Operations Intern, as he gets to think in both business and social justice manners. Outside of work, Kai enjoys consuming Asian American media, is a writer, and has participated as a community editor at the wonderful Saint Paul Almanac.
(Minister of Public Witness)
Rev. Dana Neuhauser is a deacon in the United Methodist Church. She likes to think of deacon as shorthand for justice-seeking, peace-making, disciple-equipping follower of Jesus. She has a heart for racial, economic, and environmental justice and seeks to invite and equip others to work for justice in the world as part of faithful living. Whether at a protest, a policy hearing, or a political candidate forum, we get to bear witness to God’s concern for folks on the margins.
She completed theological studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and received a Certificate of Justice Ministry Education from Auburn Seminary. She holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Religion from Macalester College.
Dana and her husband, Brad, live in Minneapolis with their three children, a cat named Gandalf, and three chickens.
(Church Planter of
New City Church)
The Fun Stuff
Tyler is a lover of Minnesota, a United Methodist pastor, and the son of a Chinese immigrant. His parents met at a disco dancing class, which he feels set the tone pretty well for the rest of his life. He has been an environmental justice advocate since his Cub Scout days (though he didn't know it yet). Tyler has witnessed and lived among religious communities around the globe: indigenous communities in Ecuador, Jewish and Palestinian communities in Israel, Methodist missions in Zimbabwe, and--most recently--the Dalai Lama's Tibetan Buddhist settlement in Northern India. He loves speaking Spanish with his neighbors (getting better!) and going on wandering walks through the city.
The Boring Stuff (for reporters and street cred)
Master of Divinity: Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Trained Community Organizer by the Community Renewal Society
Path1 Large-Impact Church Planting Resident
Numerous awards, including but not limited to, three fellowships with the Forum for Theological Exploration, winner of the TedX Student Speaking Competition, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship