Meet the Staff

Pastor Daniel M. Lindner


Greetings in Jesus' name! I want to welcome you to our website with the hopes that I will be able to see you at one of our worship services or Bible studies. It is a joy to be able to serve the True North family. My name is Dan Lindner, and I am pastor both at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and here at True North Campus Ministry. St. John's is located in Northeast Minneapolis about 3 miles from the Coffman building on the University of Minnesota campus. I grew up in a small city in Wisconsin called Beaver Dam. I attended Northwestern/Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI. I graduated from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 2000 and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI in 2004. My vicar year was spent in Puebla, Mexico. After graduation from the Seminary, I was assigned as a tutor to Nebraska Evangelical Lutheran High School in Waco, NE. Besides serving as a dormitory supervisor there, I enjoyed teaching Religion, Latin, English, and Human Relations. I also helped coach boys' basketball and football. In 2006, I went back to the Assignment Committee and was assigned to St. John's here in Minneapolis. I began filling the vacancy here at True North in November 2012 and was called permanently in June 2013. My wife, Heidi, and I enjoy living here in Minneapolis. In our spare time you may catch us kayaking on one of the lakes or attending a local sporting event. It's been a real joy and privilege to serve this campus ministry. I look forward to meeting more of the students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. The Lord's blessings to you! Pastor Lindner.

Events and Public Relations Coordinator Diane Hofer


Diane Hofer is starting her second semester of service to the True North family.  She serves the students of True North by assisting them as they plan events.  The students will tell you they love it when Diane brings a snack.  It's usually more than one and they're quite delicious.  Not only does she serve the students but she helps get word out regarding True North to the various congregations in the Minnesota District.  She's originally from the LaCrosse, WI area.  She enjoys time with her husband, Charles, and her three boys.    

Administrative Assistant Nicole Person

Nicole Person is part of our behind the scenes staff. Her job title is Administrative Assistant and she serves True North in various ways. She helps Pastor Lindner with organized record keeping. She has a very active role in anything printed for True North. Along with that, she is the one who coordinates sending out our weekly emails and devotions. Besides the work she does for True North, she serves in a similar capacity to St. John’s congregation. She's originally from Chicago but has called the Twin Cities home since 1994. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mark and daughters, Kaylee and Leah. When she isn’t volunteering at church, she can be found volunteering for the various programs and activities that her daughters are doing at their schools. When that isn’t keeping her busy she enjoys photography and cheering on the mighty Bears from her hometown. As a behind the scenes person with True North, the Campus Ministry is blessed to have someone who helps keep things organized so that Pastor Lindner is able to carry out the work he does.