The Rev. K. Christian Johnson


Pastor K. Christian Johnson began serving Gilbert Lutheran in November of 2016.  He was installed as pastor on December 4, 2016.

Pastor Johnson is a native of Minnesota.  He grew up in St. Peter, MN and graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Political Science.  He attended Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul.

In 1989, Pastor Johnson was called to serve Garfield Lutheran Church in rural Madison, MN.  In 1995, he became co-pastor of First Lutheran Church in St. James, MN.  In 2003, he became Senior Pastor of First Lutheran.

Pastor Johnson and his wife, Karen, live in the North part of Ames.  They have two children – Maja and Peter.  Maja is a fourth year student in medical school at the University of Minnesota Duluth.  She is interested in family practice medicine in a rural area.  Peter and his wife, Eileen Downey, live in Knoxville, TN.  Peter is a professional musician and is the sales representative in eastern Tennessee and northern Alabama for Wild Heaven Beer.  Eileen is a member of the faculty at the University of Tennessee School of Music.

72205373_2035199416583664_8210386094374518784_nLaura Melton

Office Administrator

Laura Melton has been the Office Administrator at Gilbert Lutheran Church since July 2016. Laura has over ten years experience in management and a passion for serving Christ through service. She lives in Nevada with her husband, Ryan, and sons, Nigel and Lincoln. Their favorite past time is taking road trips.  If you have any questions, updates, or even a picture to share, just let her know by emailing



KirstenKirsten Adams

Director of Children’s & Youth Ministries

Kirsten began working at GLC through Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp as through the Youth Ministry Team program in September 2017. She grew up in Swea City, Iowa, and graduated from South Dakota State University in August of 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies.  Following graduation, she lived in Tanzania, Africa for 10 months doing missions work. Kirsten lives with friends in northwest Ames. She loves cheering on the Hawkeyes and any team from Chicago all throughout the year. If you ever have any questions about attending bible camp, she is person to talk to as camping ministry is a huge passion of hers. If you ever need anything or have questions about things going on in the life of our youth ministry, feel free to shoot her an email or pop into the office!

Judy FitzIMG-9461

Nursery Attendant







GLC Congregational Council

President: Rhonda Nelson

Vice-president: Brian Fergen

Council Member
Darren Gauck
Sheri Krumm
Jerry Rabe
Mary Shahan
Byron Tinder


Church Treasurer: Jon Popp

Council Secretary: Carolyn Raymond

Financial Secretary: Guy Frerichs