About us

Sabathani Community Center was founded in 1966 by concerned residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church in South Minneapolis. These were caring folks who wanted to provide recreation for kids in the neighborhood. The youngsters were well-meaning but restless. At the time, there were few and inadequate facilities to serve their needs. The initial concept of Sabathani quickly outgrew its single purpose. Residents began requesting broader, more direct services, especially those addressing basic needs.

After operating in a number of locations in South Minneapolis, Sabathani took a huge leap forward in 1979 when it settled in the former Bryant Junior High School building. In a large outpouring of community voice, neighborhood residents organized to lobby the city and the public schools to sell the site to Sabathani.

The community’s efforts were successful. Sabathani had obtained and renovated the school building on E. 38th Street with the concept of creating a focal point for community identity, empowerment and social change. Organizers of this grassroots effort envisioned a place where residents could gather in a welcoming environment, fellowship, build community, conduct business and receive programs and services that would move people forward.


Mary Merrill

Interim Executive Director


Jesus Dominguez

Facilities Manager


Pat Anderson

Enterprise Director


Program Managers

Georgia Marinkov-Omorean

Senior Program Manager


Sherri Green

Family Resources Manager



Support Staff

Newon Asnake

Development & Enterprise Coordinator

Cheryl Childs

Family Resources(Foodshelf/Clothing Closet)




Katie Pfeifer


Dorsey & Whitney LLP

William (Bill) English

VICE CHAIR Consulting Projector Director

North Job Creation Team, University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach Center

Maurice Hudson


CFO of Metropolitan Transportation Network Inc.

Mary Merrill

Interim Executive Director

Sabathani Community Center


  • Beverly Kemp Franklin
  • Heidi Adelsman
  • Tammy McIntyre
  • Maurice Hudson
  • Anthony Scott
  • Carolyn Henry

Sabathani Executive Director in News

Cindy Booker, Sabathani Community Center’s Executive Director, joined local leaders to discuss action plans for greater equality in Minneapolis. Click here for more detail.

August 2015 News

In our ongoing effort to provide and give back to the community, we are taking the necessary steps to secure funding for our next project: providing housing for seniors. Sabathani’s vision is to provide a great place for seniors so they don’t have to leave the neighborhood that they grew up in and call home. It is our goal to receive feedback from the community so we can get their constructive thoughts on the project before moving forward. We will be holding an informational session sometime in the fall of 2015. If you would like to be contacted once those dates have been finalized, please notify Nathan Rouse or by phone at 612-821-2316. Click here for more information.

Horizon Youth Succeeded At Computer Camp

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Sabathani Community Center is an equal opportunity employer and, in accordance with Minnesota statutes 363A.02 and 363A.08, does not discriminate in employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, sexual orientation or age.