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The Rev. John Christianson now serving area United Methodist churches

August 19, 2018
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"We have found people here to be friendly and welcoming and we're glad to be here in the community," the Rev. John Christianson said Tuesday. Along with his wife, Wendy, the couple moved to Tama recently where he has become the pastor of the Living Faith United Methodist Church of Tama and Montour and the Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo.

The couple has moved into the parsonage in Tama and are still settling in. On July 1, the Rev. Christianson replaced the Rev. Brian Oliver whom took over senior pastoral duties at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine.

Rev. Christianson was last serving the Jasper United Methodist Church at Carthage in southwest Missouri in the area his wife is orginally from.

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The Rev. John Christianson in the Sanctuary of the Christ United Methodist Church in Toledo on Tuesday, Aug. 14. N
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A minister since 1996, Rev. Christianson served over time, four church in his home state of Wisconsin prior to his assignment in Missouri.

He is a graduate of United Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and is currently working on his Ph.D. in New Testament Study from Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas. He says his interest lie and he enjoys a variety of Bible studies, ancient history and the history oof Christianity.

In his position here he is, of course, a busy pastor serving two congregations in three locations and delivering three sermons on Sunday morning. He begins at the Living Faith Church in Tama, then to Toledo for a 10 a.m. worship service followed by a trip to Montour for an 11 a.m. sermon.

Sunday schools are also soon to open for the fall (September through May) at all three church sites: Tama- 9 a.m. - same time as worship service, Toledo 8:45 a.m. and Montour 9:45 a.m.

The pastor also shares time at offices at both Christ United Methodist in Toledo and Living Faith in Tama.

The Rev. Christianson said he is looking forward to a couple of upcoming church events - the annual Hunters Breakfast on the last Saturday in October at Christ united Methodist Church and a dinner and auction in the planning stages this fall at the Living Faith United Methodist Church.

The Christiansons have two daughters, one a student at Kansas State University at Manhattan, Ks., and the other a student ta the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Studying history, swimming and watching sports are on his list of other favorites.

"Something I haven't told the congregations yet is my Wisconsin Badger fondness," the Rev. admitted. Coming clean, he said is a native of Madison, Wisc., home of, of course, the Badgers.



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