church staff

Christ the King Lutheran Church is served by a dedicated and talented staff. 

Please email them or call the church office (577-2382) if you have any questions. 

  • Rev. Lindean Barnett Christenson

    Pastor Lindean began serving with her husband, Pastor Grant, as Christ the King's pastors in 2008, after serving congregations in Kalispell and Phoenix (and doing her seminary internship year at Christ the King 1999-2000).
    Lindean earned a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and a B.A. in Scandinavian Area Studies from the University of Washington (Go Huskies!), and a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary.

    She enjoys travel, reading, music, camping, baking, hanging out with friends, and being surprised by how God works in the world (and, as a mom of two young girls, an uninterrupted night of sleep and an empty laundry basket).

    Email Pastor Lindean

  • Rev. grant Barnett Christenson

    Pastor Grant earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary. He came to CtK in August 2008 from Phoenix, Arizona, where he and Pastor Lindean served at two different congregations. He has also served parishes in the Chicago area and in rural South-Central Illinois. He is married to Pastor Lindean Barnett Christenson. They have two young daughters, Ingrid and Marit.

    Email Pastor Grant

  • Rev. JP Carlson

    JP began serving as the Director of Children's, Youth, and Family Ministries at CtK in September 2016.

    The son of a Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor, JP was raised in the church, attending Sunday School, participating in youth group, going to church camp, singing in the choir, and engaging in a whole host of other activities associated with congregational life. His childhood home is western Washington, specifically Bellingham and Lakewood. He received a B.A. in religious studies and a minor in music at Whitworth University in Spokane, WA. Immediately after college he went to Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity degree.

    Since 2005 he has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving Eastridge Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, NE as the Associate Pastor of Adult Education and Pastoral Care, 2005-2011; Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha, NE as the Associate Pastor of Congregational Life, 2011-2014; and First Presbyterian Church-Anaconda & The Church of the Big Hole in Anaconda, Melrose, Wise River and Wisdom, MT as Solo Pastor, 2014-2016. 

    His wife, Mary Alice Carlson, is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Montana State University. JP and Mary Alice have two children. His family enjoys skiing/snowboarding, hiking, walking their dogs, and watching Seahawks football, among other things. JP is a big fan of coffee shops, books on theology, punny jokes, choral music, movies, and Seattle sports teams.

    Email JP Carlson

  • Dawn Byrd

    Dawn was hired as the church secretary in October 1992 and her current title is the Office/Facility Manager. She is likely the first person you'll speak to or meet when you call or drop by the church office. Dawn and her husband, Bruce, are blessed to have two grown sons, and four grandchildren, all living in the Gallatin Valley.

    Please call or email Dawn for more information about the congregation or any of our ministries or events. Her office hours are: Monday-Friday, 8am-2:30pm

    Phone: 406-577-2382

    Email Dawn

  • Kristofer olsen

    Kris was hired as the Adult Choir Director at CtK early October 2014. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings, usually at 6:00pm, September-May, and sing during worship several times a month.

    Email Kris

  • Tana malmo

    Tana Malmo was hired as the Ministry and Media Coordinator for Christ the King Lutheran Church in 2017.   Tana was raised in Butte, MT. After graduating from MSU with a degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on mathematics, she began a 31 year career working in Silverdale, WA in the field of Human Resources for the Department of the Navy. During that time, she also returned to school and received her MBA.  Tana and her husband, Jay, retired in January 2017 and returned home to Montana to be closer to their daughter and her family. 

    Tana is working flexible hours in the church office.  If you are interested in volunteering to serve at CtK, let Tana know and she will work to make that happen! There are lots of fun and exciting ways to get involved as you worship, learn and serve at CtK!

    Email Tana

2021 CHurch council

The Church Council meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30pm

(During the COVID-19 Pandemic, meeting via ZOOM)

The 2021 Council will be installed during worship later this spring (watch for updates).

George Polansky, President

Robin Johnson, Vice-President

Jeff Benson, Treasurer

Amy Yovich, Secretary


Libby Ellwood

Kristin Harney

Stefanie Lohse

Tim McNicholas

Katherine (Kat) Ulgenes