Our Pastors

Desireé Uhrich
Senior Pastor

Pastor Desirée was called to Christ Lutheran Church in January, 2016. She is a North Dakota native, and grew up on a farm near Newburg. She served at First Lutheran in Bottineau, prior to accepting this call. Desirée is a “second career” pastor, having worked for much of her life in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault – both providing direct services and helping agencies and individuals build their skills to better serve victims. She has taught college English and Women’s Studies, written grants and evaluation reports, and worked with nonprofit staff and boards in organizational capacity building. She is married to Patrick, who is a special education teacher, and they have two grown children. Miles is a music educator, married to Maia, living in Minneapolis, and Nora recently graduated from St. Olaf College with degrees in Religion, Psychology, and Norwegian.

derekDerek Harkins
Associate Pastor

Pastor Derek was called to Christ Lutheran Church in July, 2016. He previously served at English Lutheran in Hazen. He received his undergraduate degree from Luther College and his Master of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary. He and his wife, Jessica, have three beautiful children, Aidan, Ailee, and Maya. They also have a dog named Dieti. Derek enjoys reading, spending time outside, hiking, playing hockey, and watching football.

Our Program Staff

Erin ThunerErin Thuner
Children’s Education Coordinator

Erin is passionate that children be given the opportunity to learn about God’s love. Through her work, she coordinates the “Wednesday In the Word” church school, selecting fun, inspiring curriculum, equipping other adults to serve as teachers, and ensuring that all the pieces are in place to provide a safe and enjoyable learning environment where faith is formed and lives are changed. Erin is also a professional mental health therapist, operating her own practice in Minot. She is married to Chad, and she is the mother to Ava and Burke.


Our Support Staff

IMG_8811 (1)Vicki Hanson
Administrative and Financial Secretary

Vicki is the first face you may see when you come to Christ Lutheran during the week. As the administrative and financial secretary, Vicki has many responsibilities including, greeting people, membership enrollment, answering phones, and handling church finances. Vicki and her husband, Al, have one daughter, Kaitlyn. She has two dogs name Neeko and Asteria. In her free time, Vicki enjoys traveling, gardening, and being a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Optimist Club. She has been a member of Christ Lutheran since October 1990.




Bonnie Coffey
Communications Secretary

As the communications secretary, Bonnie is in charge of creating the weekly worship bulletin, the church newsletter, updating the webpage and Facebook, and publicizing other items on behalf of the church. Bonnie has two kids, Dawn and Leigh, with her husband, Rex. She also has two grandchildren, Ali and Gavin. She was born and raised in Minot and her favorite thing is spending time with family and friends.





IMG_6525Ed Zumbaum

Ed is the caretaker at Christ Lutheran. He makes sure that the building is clean and cared for. He also sets up church events. Ed and his wife, Catherine, have three children, Wade, Mary, and Nancy. Ed has been a member of Christ Lutheran since 1964, the year he was married to Nancy in the church. In his free time, Ed enjoys being a member of a motorcycle club, where he has served as president for several years. He also is a part of two car clubs.

Other Leaders | Staff

Caring Ministries
Jan Slavick – Visitation Nurse
Sandra Ostrum – Stephen Ministry Coordinator
Arlene Hanson – Katie’s Kitchen Coordinator

Musicians & Worship Support
Selmer Moen – Accompanist
Becky Long – Accompanist
Kari Moen – Accompanist & Bell Choir Director
Tammy Doerr – Accompanist
Roberta Johnson – Accompanist
Mark Schnabel – Choir Director
Kathy Thiel – Media Coordinator

Council LeadersIMG_6653
Rob Anderson – President
Terri Johnson – Vice President
TJ Stewart – Secretary
Kari Andersen
David Norton
Carter Matson
Josh Anderson
To contact the church council please e-mail councilchristlutheran@gmail.com

Mission | Vision

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, Christ Lutheran Church reaches out through worship, service, fellowship, teaching, and witnessing.

What To Expect

We’re so glad you are here!

Please join us for worship on Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:30am.

A typical Saturday or Sunday worship service consists of prayer, music, and a message that is intended to connect with your life and speak to your worries, concerns, hopes and dreams. We celebrate Holy Communion every week and share in the bread and the wine together. All are invited to the Lord’s Table by Christ himself, so no matter if you’ve come seldom or if you come often, the Table is always set for you. We have gluten free wafers and grape juice as an option, too.
The goal of worship is for you to feel like you encountered Christ. We absolutely don’t worry about what we wear to church. Some people like to dress up. That’s okay. Some people prefer to be casual. That’s okay too. We truly want you to come as you are. We want you to be yourself, and to know that no matter where you are on your journey, you are always welcome here.


“You are a member of God’s very own family and you belong in God’s household with every other Christian.” Ephesians 2:19
The membership process is easy. If you have questions or need help please call the church office at (701) 838-0746.
1. Fill out the New Member Form or pick up a paper copy in the church office and let us know you are interested. The New Member Form can be found here.

 2. We schedule “New Member Sunday” four times a year, with an orientation the month before.

Contact Us
Christ Lutheran Church
502 17th St NW
Minot, ND 58703
(701) 838-0746

At Christ Lutheran Church, baptism is open to all ages – whether eight days old or eighty years old. While the Lutheran tradition has primarily been infant baptism, you should not hesitate to request baptism for your older child. And if you are an adult who hasn’t been baptized, this is an especially joyous occasion.  If you would like to schedule a baptism, contact the church office at (701) 838-0746. One of the pastors will meet with you prior to the baptism. Please fill out the information in the link below.

Sometimes people have questions about what exactly baptism is, and so here are some of the more common ones that we hear:

Why should we be baptized?
Baptism is a great gift to us from our Lord Jesus. When you are baptized, you receive a promise that you will always be God’s child and that God will forever love you. This is a promise that will never be broken. No matter what happens in your life, God will never let you go. Who wouldn’t want to receive this gift, knowing that? Also, Jesus commanded the disciples to go and make disciples and baptize people, and so that is what we are called to do now as well. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life. Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.”

What role does the Christ Lutheran congregation have in a person’s baptism?
Baptism is something we do together. It is a shared identity in a particular community of faith, and when a person comes to be baptized, the congregation is asked to make promises. The people of this church promise to help the baptized person grow as a Child of God. They promise to love the baptized person and teach them about Jesus.   

What are the responsibilities of the parents?
Parents promise to bring the baptized child to church in order to know God’s people. Parents promise to teach the child the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments. Parents promise to give the child a Bible and teach him or her to trust God. They promise to pray for the child and also teach them to pray.

What are sponsors, and what is their responsibility?
Because shaping a child’s faith is such a huge responsibility, helpers are needed. Selecting sponsors who are capable of instilling faith is very important. Sometimes sponsors are called “Godparents.” Sponsors promise that they will help the child grow in their faith and learn to live with the people of God.

Baptism Date Request

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