Alex Blackwell

When I was 16, I made the decision to be a part of this movement called “Christianity,” and follow Jesus as the King of my life. It was in that moment that I decided I was going to become a pastor. The only way I can explain it is that I couldn’t even entertain the idea of anything else – I think this is what people call being “called.”

I went to Winona State University and studied Communications and Psychology, and when I graduated, I didn’t want to throw away the influence I had gained with friends and faculty – so I started working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Winona. Three years later I found myself planting a new InterVarsity movement at the U of M. It was a few years into that process that God called me back to the road to becoming a pastor. He basically forced me back onto that pastoral road, by guiding me to Seminary – I’d love to tell you that story sometime.

The moment I stepped onto the Seminary campus everything felt right. It wasn’t long before I needed to find an internship, and I decided I didn’t want to look for available internships and apply, but that I would find a church I loved, and then ask if they needed an intern. After a season of searching, we found enCompass. We quickly fell in love with the community and family of enCompass Church, who wore on its sleeve the values of authenticity, seeking truth, encouragement, loyalty, and connection. After almost a decade of working in college ministry, I moved on from InterVarsity to begin working in the church context at enCompass as the Student Ministries Pastor. Now, I’m loving the idea of dreaming together about how we can build on the foundation we have and move it in a God-honoring direction.

For those of you who don’t know us very well, my wife’s name is Alli, and we’ve been married for five years. Alli is a nurse at Fairview at The U of M. We have a son – Gabriel, and a baby on the way – joining us in March! We’re incredibly excited about the idea of setting our roots down with the enCompass community and dream together about how God may be calling us to bring His Kingdom into the world this community.