Pastor 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 Christian 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, MN.

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.

Christian and his wife, Karen, live in the north part of Ames.  Karen works for First National Bank.  They have two children – Maja and Peter.  Maja is a family medicine resident at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul.  Peter and his wife, Eileen Downey, live in Knoxville, TN.  Peter is a sales representative for Best Brands, Inc.  Eileen is a member of the faculty at the University of Tennessee School of Music.  The Johnsons also have two calico cats, Susan and Little Kitty.


KirstenKirsten Adams

Director of Children’s & Youth Ministries


Kirsten began working at GLC through Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp through the Youth Ministry Team program in September 2017 and became a full time member of the GLC staff in the fall of 2019.

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 currently lives in northwest Ames. She loves cheering on the Hawkeyes, coffee, and being outside! If you ever 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!

Jeri Saltzman

Office Administrator 


Jeri Saltzman has been the Office Administrator at Gilbert Lutheran Church since February 2021. She has been an active member of GLC for many years and currently lives in Gilbert with her husband, Ryan, and two daughters, Maria and Anna. She has two older children, as well, Mara and Nathan.








GLC Congregational Council

President: Brian Fergen

Vice-president: Mary Shahan

Council Member  
Cathy Adams  
Darren Gauck  
Kirk Geist  
Connie Terrones  
Byron Tinder  


Church Treasurer: Jon Popp

Council Secretary: Carolyn Raymond

Financial Secretary: Guy Frerichs