Bethlehem Urban Initiatives: Who We Are

Our Mission

BUI seeks to glorify Christ through inner city Christian community development and evangelism through the local church. Here's how we aim to accomplish our mission:

  • Recruiting, training, and raising up people to serve in the inner city
  • Functioning as a sending agency through which vocational urban ministers raise and receive support
  • Establishing new urban ministry initiatives

What We Do

English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministries

All Nations ESL
These intermediate/advanced level conversational English classes are available for adults from any nation. Consider helping immigrants and international students with English while showing them “the hope that lies within you.” Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8pm, at the Downtown Campus. Contact Erin Evans.

Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT)
These beginning and intermediate English classes are designed for Somali adults. Share Christ’s love through the one-on-one tutoring available to the Somali students. SALT meets Monday through Thursday, 10am-Noon, year-round at the Downtown Campus. Contact Carol Van Ess at 612-402-7362.

Gardens of Praise

Gardens of Praise is an urban gardening ministry designed to connect our urban neighbors with our Creator, Jesus Christ and to bring the knowledge of growing food in the inner city. Contact Laurie McRostie.

Jericho Road Ministries

Jericho Road Ministries is a collection of community development ministry efforts designed to mobilize the church to work together with our neighbors to meet their physical and spiritual needs with dignity. Our mission is, “to help our neighbors transition from crisis to Christ-centered hope and restoration." It is our prayer that Jesus Christ would be glorified through food distribution, job-coaching, budget-counseling, and dental service. Contact Jeff Noyed at 612-455-6850.

Native American Ministries

Maajiigin Ministries: Through Maajiigin Ministries we are mobilizing the church to bless our Native American neighbors in the context of redemptive relationships. We operate the 4HIM youth development ministry, a woman's Bible study, and short-term ministry trips to the village of Cass Lake on the Leech Lake Reservation. Contact Greg Mott at 612-548-4734.

16/33 Center

BUI operates an urban ministry center at 1628 East 33rd Street in South Minneapolis. Ministries currently meeting at the 16/33 Center include the S.A.Y. Yes! youth outreach, Jericho Road, and Jubilee Community Church.

Get Involved


  • Befriend and tutor an ESL student
  • Provide childcare for children of our ESL students 
  • Disciple youth from the inner city
  • Provide one-on-one discipleship
  • Lead a Bible study
  • Assist with food distribution
  • Join our Hispanic fellowship
  • See our current volunteer opportunities


Contact BUI Executive Director Scott Anderson to receive prayer requests through the BUI newsletter.


You may designate gifts toward specific ministries or our general operations. Support BUI by giving online.

Dream an Urban Ministry Dream

Do you have an urban ministry dream and need an organization like BUI to assist you?


If you have questions or would like more information on BUI, contact Scott Anderson (612-455-3443). Also, see the BUI Web site.


© 2017 Bethlehem Baptist Church