Senior Pastor

Pastor Ron & Kathy Christiansen

Ron is engaged in the transformational effort of connecting people to God through the power of Jesus Christ. This effort includes helping people come to a  knowledge of God through Scripture, to a relationship with Him through faith, to an experience with Him through worship, and to a joy in Him through service to others.

Ron has had the privilege of serving in rural, suburban and urban ministries as well as serving in churches that range in size from 100 to 6,000. While living in Chicago for 9 years, Ron served churches in South Shore, Cicero, Near North Side, and Rogers Park. For the last 18 years, his ministries have been based in rural congregations. His heritage and experience have given him a broad and welcoming heart for people of all generations and cultures.

Themes in Ron’s ministry are Biblical expositional teaching, discipleship, evangelism, missions, reconciliation, worship and prayer. Pastor Ron also serves as a member of the Kwayedza Advocacy Alliance to minister to the needs of widows and orphans of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe. Further, he serves on the Urban Camp ministry team of Timber-lee Ministries.

Kwayedza Alliance


Chaplain in Residence

Chaplain Larry

Chaplain Larry is a seasoned pastor.  He was a senior pastor for many years and then pursued chaplaincy training and accreditation.  He has served as a hospital chaplain at St. Lukes Hospital, Froedtert Hospital, Burlington Hospital and Lakeview Specialty Rehabilitation Hospital.  He also serves the community at large by assisting families in grief or crisis.

Chaplain Larry is one of our Missionaries at ETBC, but also serves our congregation in a new role of Chaplain in Residence.  This growing ministry will serve the specialized care needs in our church community and provide caring assistance to families in our region.


Administrative Assistants

Kay Stahl and Mary Briedis are the church’s administrative assistants.  Mary also serves as our financial secretary. Mary works in the office on Monday and Tuesday each week.  Kay is in the office on Wednesday through Friday.  They are here to serve you!  Contact the office at