About Joel Christiansen

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Pastor Joel Christiansen


I love communicating the Gospel and sharing how the message of Christ impacts every area of our lives. I also lead our staff, so that together we can equip people for ministry and celebrate how the Kingdom of God is advanced among us. I desire for people to experience the lasting joy and fulfillment that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Instead of spending life burdened by fears, anxiety, and unsatisfying pursuits of temporal matters, I want people to find the freedom and forgiveness that God offers to everyone. I’ve been at Webster Gardens for twenty-plus-years, and prior to that, I was a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Lahoma, Oklahoma and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Prior to my years as a pastor, I received a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. God has blessed me abundantly with a wonderful family. I was married to my wife, Lori, for 37 years before she died in 2015. Our daughter, Rachel, is married to Ryan Taube, and they are members at Webster Gardens. Our son Andrew is married to Hannah, and they live in Omaha, Nebraska. In God’s surprising way, He placed Mary Cernik into my life and we were married in 2019. In my free time, I love cycling and reading. Ironically though, my love for cycling has led me to have two different titanium plates inserted into my same collar bone as a result of my crashes!