15068309_359549784379342_7928437738605303150_oThe 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.


14591802_826030997500518_6049318584688132909_nLaura Melton

Office Administrator

Laura Melton is the Office Administrator at Gilbert Lutheran Church. 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. You may see the Meltons driving through the countryside, and it is a guarantee that Laura will have a camera in hand. If you have any questions, updates, or even a picture to share, just let her know by emailing




Kirsten AdamsKirsten

Youth Coordinator

Kirsten grew up in Swea City, Iowa, and worked at Riverside Bible Camp for 3 summers – 2013, 2014, and 2016.  She 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 working with an organization called Cru. Kirsten’s team shared the Gospel and discipled high school and college students in Tanzania while also working with the missionary community within the church.

Kirsten comes to us through Riverside Bible Camp.  She is a member of their Youth Ministry Team(YMT).


Judy Fitz

Nursery Attendant

GLC Congregational Council

President: Rhonda Nelson

Vice-president: Brian Fergen

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


Church Treasurer: Jon Popp

Council Secretary: Carolyn Raymond

Financial Secretary: Guy Frerichs