Pastor Tom Christenson is our congregation’s first pastor. A native of Tracy, Minnesota, Pastor Tom made the good decision to attend college here in South Dakota, graduating with his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University at Vermillion. He then attended Luther-Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul and received his Master of Divinity degree in 1990. Since that time he has served parishes in Hecla and Watertown, South Dakota, prior to joining us at Hope Lutheran in November of 2011. He is a rostered pastor in the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). and also with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). In addition to parish ministry, he is a 20 year veteran of the Army National Guard, with 10 of those years serving as a military chaplain. Pastor Tom and his wife Janet have three children, Paul, Mark and Sarah.