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.
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 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!
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 email@example.com.
GLC Congregational Council
President: Brian Fergen
Vice-president: Mary Shahan
Church Treasurer: Jon Popp
Council Secretary: Carolyn Raymond
Financial Secretary: Guy Frerichs