(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
Board of Directors of General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church
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
(Director of Environmental Justice)
Adam Haugeberg is the Director of Environmental Justice at New City Church. He is a Permaculture Designer, a Jesus-follower, an activist, a father to Alyosha & Eva, and a husband to Tori. As his namesake would suggest, Adam is a gardener, and sees the world as one big garden.
He started his first community gardening project in the Twin Cities in 2008 in an attempt to learn about God, build community, and provide healthy affordable food to neighbors. The vision for that garden, ultimately, didn’t come to fruition, but leading the project showed Adam just how much potential there was for transformation in a garden. As one Permaculture teacher puts it, “You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden” - Geoff Lawton.
Adam and his wife decided to head to seminary at Candler School of Theology (where they met Tyler!) in Atlanta to learn how to make community gardening a viable ministry. Tori started school first, while Adam took Permaculture classes and started his Permaculture design and edible landscaping business. They also were discipled at a Mennonite Church, where Adam helped manage the farm and establish a Permaculture-designed community garden.
In 2014, Adam was recruited to design & manage the largest Permaculture demonstration site in North America--a 320 acre parcel on a 4,000 acre organic dairy farm in the Ozarks. Adam was able to work closely with seasoned Permaculture designers learning how to create an integrated food system utilizing Keyline Design, multi-species mob grazing, aquaponics, bee-keeping, hugelkultur, forest garden design, vermicompost, compost tea making, and a lot more!
Although the learning was valuable, and the beauty of the Ozarks alluring, Adam and his family were eager to get back to the city, and to have their work be more directly related to social justice. They realized that Minneapolis, particularly South Minneapolis, where they met and lived for many years, was calling them home. They now live in Central Neighborhood in a house that they are slowly but surely converting to a Permaculture system of food, water, and energy efficiency.
Adam is passionate about working with others in the area to foster environmental justice. He is working with the neighborhood to establish a year-round sustainable urban farm, utilizing an aquaponics greenhouse system he helped build during his time in the Ozarks. This will be a way to engage the community, feed the hungry, provide food security, practice racial reconciliation, and fight against environmental racism. In other words, Adam believes South Minneapolis can solve its problems in a garden.
(Director of Community Engagement)
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!