Meet Our Staff
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 views Christian ministry as answering God’s call daily: to foster the hope that life with Jesus brings to every encounter, all relationships, tasks, burdens, toils and snares. Serving is a remarkable experience of grace, humor, faith and wonder. We serve an awesome God who saves people from the sentence of sin, the sting of sting and the devil’s schemes. Bonnie and I have been married nearly 30 years! We are blessed with 3 fantastic children. Annalise is 24, Sadie May is 21 and Karter is 18. Our family enjoys the great outdoors, life-long friends, home-cooked meals and clean cars. I count myself among the original do-it-yourselfers; born the second son of 4 to loving parents who always put people first. Pastor Kelly is also Chaplain Wasberg at least 39 days a year, serving in the Minnesota Army National Guard. Pastor Kelly’s area of responsibilities include youth education, visitation, mission & outreach and connecting new members old and new. God’s love—the true and full gospel of Jesus revealed in the Bible—is simply extraordinary! For me, there is nothing better than faith in the triune God, genuine love for others and mercy for sinners like me. I’ve learned that people matter more than programs and that I am only beginning to understand the power of prayer, the height of God’s justice and the depths of God’s mercy. “…by grace through faith.”

Pastor Kelly Wasberg

Intern Pastor
Greg Pavek

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

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.


Director of Children’s Ministry Jaci Peterson

Office Manager
Katlyn Benson

In September of 2020, Katlyn Benson joined staff here at Living Word as the church’s Office Manager.  I take care of the administrative details so that the ministry staff can focus on spiritually supporting the congregation.  I am originally from Hills, MN.  I moved to Marshall in 2012 to attend SMSU, where I accepted Christ, was baptized by Pastor Dave, graduated with a degree in Biology, and met my future husband. After graduating college, I worked 5 years primarily for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at both Camden and Lake Shetek State Parks. My husband Jacob is originally from Fairplay, Colorado, and is both a Director at the Marshall Area YMCA and a part-time School Bus Driver.  Our daughter, Avaya, was born in October of 2019.  We love to hike, travel, and explore as a family.  In fact, we have been to over 55 of Minnesota’s State Parks in the past 3 years!  Even though the Marshall area is not particularly great for hiking, we have remained because of the extraordinary community we have found here. 

Kathy Dahl was born and raised in Cottonwood, MN.  Kathy is a graduate of Cottonwood High School and attended Southwest State University. Kathy worked for the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center as a jailer/dispatcher, stayed home and was a licensed daycare provider, worked in personal lines at North Star Mutual Insurance Company, then worked for the City of Cottonwood for 23 years.  Kathy is now employed by her son Derek at the Insurance Service Agency as a Customer Service Representative.  In May of 1977, Kathy married Joel Dahl.  They have three sons:  Joey (Fiancé Stephanie), Derek (Kelly) and Christopher (Catie).  Kathy and Joel have been blessed with six grandchildren: Sophie, Brylee, Tyler, Brielle, Briggs and Evelyn, with a seventh grandchild due in December 2019/January 2020. Joey’s fiancé brings a daughter Franki in to our family.   I am so blessed to be able to do the accounting and financials for Living Word Lutheran Church.  When I am not working, I enjoy baking, reading and playing with my grandchildren.

Financial Secretary
Kathy Dahl
Maintenance Technician
Larry Schumann

Bio coming soon!