Pastor Paul Christian’s Bio

Paul Thomas Christian was born September 30th, 1965 in Tracy, MN, the oldest son of Darrell and Mary Christian. He was baptized on October. 31, 1965 at Lake Sarah Lutheran Church, Garvin, MN and was confirmed on April 12, 1981 at Tracy Lutheran Church, Tracy, MN. He graduated from Tracy High school in 1984. He has 2 sisters, Susan & Amy and 2 brothers, David & James.

Paul enlisted in the United States Air Force serving on active duty from 1985-1995. He was assigned to bases serving in Texas, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Florida, South Korea, Okinawa, and in support of Operation Desert Storm/Southern Watch in Saudi Arabia. He worked  for the National Park Service at Petersburg National Battlefield in Petersburg, VA and Little Big Horn National Battlefield, MT from 1997-2007.

He met and married his first wife, Sharon Russell, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Shalimar, FL in 1992.  After 9-1/2 years of marriage Paul became a widower on November 22, 2001 after Sharon lost her 14-month battle with melanoma cancer at age 34. He has been married to Dee (Darian Lynn) since June 28, 2003. Paul and Dee met at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in 2002 about a year after his first wife passed. The couple has been blessed with two beautiful daughters, Elizabeth, age 7, and Emily, age 5.

Paul has been a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Petersburg, VA since 1998. He served in a number of positions throughout the congregation in the areas of council, worship, evangelism and Christian education. He also served as the vice-president of the local Lutheran Men in Mission group and served on the VA-LMM statewide committee.

Paul graduated from Colorado Technical University in 2007 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management. He graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg on May 13, 2011 with a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Small and Rural Church ministry. He was ordained The Reverend Paul T. Christian at the Virginia Synod Assembly on June 4, 2011.  He then was installed as the ninth Pastor of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer on June 26, 2011 and officially started on July 1, 2011 as “Pastor Paul.”

After three years of intense theological studies and one year of internship, he is eager to put those studies and skills to use at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer as their called Pastor. He has received many positive and affirming comments about his path to ordained ministry. He uses constructive criticism to constantly improve, realizing that public ministry is a process not a destination. He looks forward to serving and working with God’s people in sharing the story of God’s love and forgiveness in the congregation and the community.

Both Paul and Dee recognize and understand there will be major changes in their lives as they walk this road of ministry together. They are excited and enthused about the challenges and opportunities of ordained ministry and look forward to taking this next step without any fear or trepidation. They are fully relying on God’s divine Providence, trusting in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the workings of the Holy Spirit in all aspects of their lives.

Paul’s hobbies include carpentry/woodworking and landscaping. His special interests include intra and interfaith dialogue, especially Jewish/Christian relations. He has a strong passion for justice and peace issues fighting for fairness and equality among all God’s children. His first and foremost priority is being a devoted and loving husband and father.

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