Northwood United Methodist Church
62 West Highway 61 | Esko, MN 55733 | 218.464.1636

Sunday Worship

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Come just as you are to worship!

Fellowship 10:00 - 10:30 AM

Sunday School for preschool through adult 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Find Us!

A small church with a big heart

Painting of Northwood United Methodist Church in Esko MN by Judy Andersen

We are a small church looking to expand in our mission and vision. We welcome everyone who walks through our doors in search of a relationship with Jesus Christ. We currently provide a Sunday morning worship service at 9 AM, a time of fellowship after the service and pre-school thru adult Sunday school from 10:30 - 11:30. We provide monthly fellowship opportunities and services to the surrounding communities of Esko, Cloquet, Carlton and Duluth. We are looking to broaden and deepen our individual relationships with Christ through a variety of special seasonal worhip opportunites. Ours is an open communion table and everyone is welcome to take communion which we offer on the first Sunday (usually) of the month. YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US - THERE IS A PLACE FOR YOU!

Pastor Brian Cornell

Picture of Northwood United Methodist Church Pastor Brian Cornell

I am third generation German on my mother’s side and third generation Canadian on my father’s side. I was born in East Tennessee but attended college in Washington DC, Winston-Salem, NC and Durham, NC. I fell in love with Katherine Vickers at Wake Forest in 1993 but finally wised up at Duke where we were married in 2000. She is native of Atlanta, Georgia, but her family tree boasts Methodist ministers from Minnesota, Moravian ministers from Illinois and a Disciples of Christ pastor from Texas. Our children were born in High Point NC (Michael, now age 15), Asheville NC (James and Paul, now age 13) and Gastonia NC (David, now 11). We have a dog named Zeus who weighs 85 pounds and thinks he is Jesus (“Hey Zeus! Come here”). My parents still live in East Tennessee and my sisters and their families live in Charlotte, NC and Brunswick, GA.

  • Bachelor of Arts (religion, English) from Wake Forest University
  • Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School
Appointment History
  • Mount Vernon UMC in Trinity, NC; 2017-presently
  • Calvary UMC in Fleetwood, NC, Pleasant Valley UMC in Boone, NC , and Zion UMC in Todd, NC (Ashe-Watauga charge which was renamed to New River charge); 2011-2017
  • Christ UMC in Gastonia, NC; 2007-2010
  • Beaverdam UMC in Waynesville, NC and Piney Grove UMC in Canton, NC; 2005-2007
  • Christ UMC in High Point, NC; 2000-2005 (associate pastor)
  • Christ UMC in Weaverville, NC; 1998 (field education)
Call to Ministry

My call to ministry was confirmed in 1996, while working to grow a Sunday School class in my home church. I heard God’s voice in this work, inviting me to continue serving those who had lost voices and places in the church. But there are other marks of faith where I have seen God’s continued presence - a Baptist pastor telling me I wasn’t made to sell life insurance, a girl telling me I had been involved in her seeing God’s presence, a youth minister naming the work of God in me. Even as recently as 2012, I’ve had my call renewed while watching congregational sisters and brothers play with puppets for a Vacation Bible School. I’m pretty sure my call is ongoing.

Vision of the Church

We witness to Resurrection, the opportunity for new life, new beginnings, forgiveness and grace. We are the imperfect but striving, the wounded but healing, the very body of Christ that is imperfectly perfect. Our role is adoption of others who are our neighbors through witness, testimony and offering and asking forgiveness. We are encouragers of those that do Jesus’ work and pursue God's holiness in deed.

Northwood Highlights

Join us as we celebrate in growing God's church in fun food fellowship and FAITH

  • Communion served first Sunday of the month unless otherwise announced
  • Epiphany Celebration first Sunday after January 6th, Pinata for kids and South of the Border Potluck for all
  • Mardi Gras Sunday Worship, Indoor Parade and Cajun Potluck
  • Palm Sunday Procession and Children's Singing
  • Maundy Thursday ~ Judeo Christian Seder Meal, Kid Friendly Passover Meal and Communion
  • Easter Morning Breakfast and worship
  • Spring and Fall Service Auctions
  • Vacation Bible School and Supper ~ second week in June
  • Rally Sunday ~ second Sunday in September
  • All Saints Day worship service
  • Christmas Cookie Bake Sale
  • Sunday School Christmas Program and Potluck
  • Happy Birthday Jesus Sunday
  • Christmas Eve Evening Service (8:00 PM)

Find us on Sunday

Please find us at 62 West Highway 61 Esko, Minnesota. Esko is about halfway between Duluth and Cloquet, Minnesota and can be reached from I-35, taking the exit at mile post marker #242 and heading north onto Thompson Rd. Turn west at the town's center onto Hwy 61. Northwood Church is on the south side of the divided highway about 1 mile west of the intersection of Thompson Rd and Hwy 61.