About Pilgrim Lutheran Church

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Mission Statement and Core Values

Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School
In Christ’s love, we

gather, prepare, and send

all as leaders
for God’s mission in the world. (GPS)

As a learning and serving community, we

  • Praise God with all generations together
  • Invite everyone to be present together in Christ
  • Lift up academic excellence with a heart
  • Grow in prayer and in the Word
  • Respond by advocating justice for the vulnerable
  • Invest time, talent, and resources generously
  • Mpower homes for faith formation

Church Leadership

Pastor Kristian Johnson
My family and I love it here at Pilgrim! I’ve been blessed to serve as Pastor here since November of 2012. Originally from Minnesota, I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN as a Music Major and received my M. Div from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Before coming to Pilgrim, I served as a youth minister on the north side of Chicago for five years, and have spent significant time learning and serving among Christians in Tanzania, East Africa and El Salvador, Central America. I served my first call as Pastor of First Lutheran Church/Iglesia Luterana Mi Salvador in Inglewood (Los Angeles) CA for six years, and helped the congregation triple in size and start a ministry in Spanish. My hobbies include: tuba, basketball, camping, and traveling. I am blessed with an amazing family! My wife is also an ordained Pastor and serves as the Associate Director for Congregational Vitality for the ELCA. We are blessed with three kids: daughter Hope, son Emanuel, and son Xavier.