Kristen is originally from Clinton, Iowa.  She graduated from Luther College in 2004 with a degree in Psychology, and she graduated from Wartburg Seminary with her MDiv in 2011.  She has been involved in various kinds of ministry throughout her life.  She was on summer staff at Camp EWALU in Strawberry Point, IA, for seven summers.  She played concerts at churches throughout the southeastern United States on a Captive Free Music Ministry team in 2004-2005.  Prior to attending seminary, she worked as a preschool teacher's assistant for two years.  After she graduated from seminary, she spent a year and a half working as a chaplain at the University of Iowa Hospital.  Her first call was at Calvary Lutheran Church in Buffalo, IA.  ALC is her second call.

Pastor Kristen loves music, knitting, reading, and spending time with her family.  She is married to Charlie, and they have two children, Caroline and Erick.
One of her favorite Bible verses is Hebrews 12:1-2.  "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God."

The establishment of American Lutheran Church (ALC) began in 1932 when Rev. Henry Mueller of Waterloo canvassed the area. His survey indicated there was sufficient interest in having a church in Jesup; however, plans to move forward with a church were delayed because of the depressed economic conditions of the time. 
ALC was formally established in 1934. On the evening of July 3, 1934, a group of Lutherans consisting of the members of eight families and five adult individuals met in Colonial Hall (the present City Hall location) to formally organize the Church.  This group totaled 39 in number. The congregation worshiped in the upper story of Colonial Hall until December 24, 1948 when the congregation moved to the new location, 552 Purdy Street, where the present church was built.
Since that time two additions have been added, the Parish Education addition in 1965 and the Accessibility addition in 2009. American Lutheran Church has 459 members. We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Northeastern Iowa Synod.

the history of alc

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Jesus Christ calls American Lutheran Church to nourish the world by faithfully sharing His gifts. This has been our mission for over 75 years.

our mission