Living God’s Word, Sharing God’s Love

The mission of Living Word Lutheran Church is joyfully proclaiming Jesus Christ, rooted in scripture, growing through worship, prayer, study, fellowship and service.

Our Staff:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor David Christensen

Pastor David Christensen currently lives north of Marshall on the farm where his great-grandparents homesteaded. His wife, Julie, and their daughters; Johanna, Signe, Kaia and Siri have a passion for ministry, music and good food. They have a large garden that they tend alongside their organic farm and dairy operation. Life is good and delicious, because God is faithful! David attended St. Olaf College where he majored in English, and Luther Seminary where he received his M.Div. in 1998. His first call was to Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, MN as co-lead pastor. He served there until 2008 when he moved to Marshall, MN as a campus pastor at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). In 2010 a church plant started in Marshall. Living Word Lutheran Church would call David to full-time ministry that year. David continues to do ministry and outreach on the campus of SMSU. His role at Living Word includes preacher, teacher and counselor. God has richly blessed and grown the ministry of Living Word over the years. As David often says, “When the Holy Spirit moves, all you can do is buckle-up and go for the ride!” And what an incredible journey it has been for David and his family! They have witnessed God’s power and love as Jesus is proclaimed and praised. To God be the glory!!


Pastor Kelly Wasberg


Greg Pavek, Youth Minister

Greg Pavek has been the youth minister at Living Word since August of 2015. He is accompanied in ministry by his wife Erika, who is also an elementary teacher. Their family of two recently grew to a family of three with the addition of son, Sawyer Owen. Both Greg and Erika understand that the challenges of living out your faith are always evolving and being a youth today is challenging. Their heart is to show the students the desperate need we all have for Jesus and to show how faith is practical and relevant in day-to-day life. Their goal is to help guide students into lasting relationships with Jesus Christ where they can live out their faith in all aspects of life. Greg leads the senior high youth group Ignite and the college-age ministry, Shine On. Greg has a passion for showing Christ to all ages of students in not only word and speech but in deed and truth.
Jaci Peterson, Director of Children’s Ministry

I was born and raised in Tyler, MN and attended SMSU in Marshall, MN where I majored in Elementary Education.  After graduation I moved to Texas, married the love of my life, raised 3 children, and taught at a private Christian school for 10 years. In 2005 we felt God’s calling to come back home to be closer to our family. What a blessing that has been!  In 2011 I was hired on staff at Living Word. I am the Director of Children’s Ministry where I coordinate, organize, and minister to the volunteers that serve in that area of the church, help lead the weekly worship time on Sunday mornings, and teach our 3-year-old Sunday School class each week.  I’m so grateful the Lord allows me to use my passion for children’s ministry here at Living Word. It’s fun to be a part of the Lord’s plan and to witness first hand as our children discover God’s unbreaking, always and forever love. My husband Kevin and I have 3 grown children; a daughter Allie and twin sons Hunter and Colton, they bring us much joy, laughter and challenges that remind us to depend upon Him always! His gracious refining work continues in my life daily, as He encourages me in everything to give thanks (I Thess. 5:18). When I’m not at Living Word, you’ll find me enjoying a ball game or two, catching a movie, or laughing with friends. Forever a small-town girl at heart, I love diet coke, BBQ, sporting events, and going camping with my family.