Jean Hopfensperger | Star Tribune
Reporter | Religion, Faith & Values

Jean Hopfensperger is the religion, faith and values reporter for the Star Tribune. She focuses largely on religious trends shaping Minnesota and the nation. 

A veteran reporter, Hopfensperger has covered religion, philanthropy, immigration, the state legislature, human services and Central American issues. Before joining the Star Tribune, she worked for several years in Central America, reporting on conflicts for U.S. newspapers such as The Christian Science Monitor. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota focusing on international politics and U.S. social policy.


Demand for halal meats connects Minnesota Muslims, farmers

It's been a win-win situation, providing a fast-growing market for goats and sheep while also creating cross-cultural relationships and friendships.


ELCA becomes nation's first 'sanctuary denomination'

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country.


Knights of Columbus work to refresh image, attract younger members

Catholic men's organization, which met in Minneapolis this week, drops fancy attire, adds new projects such as assisting refugees at the border.


Trump's words deepen rift between black, white evangelicals

Nearly 70% of white evangelicals support the president, according to a recent survey, compared with 12% of black Protestants. Black pastors say they'd like to hear more support from their Christian counterparts.


What do Americans know about religion?

Survey shows that most U.S. adults have limited religious literacy.


Martin DesLauriers, former Eagan police chief, dies

He was its first official police chief in 1965, a mentor to its officers as well as a leader in local and state police associations.


Clergy abuse victims reach $5 million settlement with Crookston Diocese

It requires the diocese to make public the names of the offending priests and their previously undisclosed files at a future date.


Project to boost ranks of Muslim chaplains launches in Minnesota

A new program seeks to certify Muslim chaplains.


Minnesota church-child development partnership is unusual mix

Westminster Church and St. David's child center created an unusual model of church ministry.


Church weddings dwindle as Minn. couples buck tradition

The trend to barns, ranches and banquet halls reflects the record-high ranks of young adults with no ties to religious institutions, and the cultural drift from organized religion.