Our Pastor

Rev. Howard K. Bell was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Bethany College, Bethany, W. VA., and Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT., Howard was ordained through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1972 and was authorized for ministry in the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 2007.

Howard moved to Minnesota in 1972 to become a Program Director at the University of Minnesota YMCA where he served for seven years.  He has extensive experience in non-profit leadership, having served as a founder and the Coordinator for Hospice Care at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, and Associate Director for the Minnesota AIDS Project.  Howard also was the first Hospice Chaplain in Minnesota at Bethesda Hospital. For twenty years Howard was the founding Executive Director at Pathways, an organization located in the Uptown area of Minneapolis, that offers psychological, emotional and spiritual support to seriously ill people, their families and their caregivers.

Howard has served in numerous volunteer capacities with the Minnesota Conference, UCC, including the founding Chair of the Open and Affirming Ministry Team. Currently he is serving as Chair of the Nominating Work Group.

Since 2010 Howard has served interim ministries in the Twin Cities area as Interim Associate Minister at Mayflower Church, UCC (Aug 2010-May 2013); as the Acting Conference Minister for the Minnesota Conference UCC (June- Sep 2013); as supply pastor at the Congregational Church of Excelsior, UCC (Dec 2014); as the Summer Pastor for Falcon Heights UCC (June – Sep 2014); and as the Interim Pastor at Edina Morningside Community Church, UCC (May 2015 – Aug 2016)

Howard lives in Eagan with his husband, Christopher Cook and two Burmese cats, Tristan and Otto. He has four adult children, three of whom are married, and is the grandfather of eight grandchildren.