Professor Aaron Christie celebrates 25 years in ministry

At a special chapel service on October 28, family, students, and faculty celebrated the 25th anniversary in the ministry of Professor Aaron Christie.

Aaron Lee Christie was born March 12, 1971, in Bay City, MI, to Roger and Diane Christie. He was born again in baptism at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Bay City on May 2, 1971. He received his confirmation instruction at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bay City and his training for pastoral ministry at Michigan Lutheran Seminary (1985-89), Northwestern College (1989-93), and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (1993-97). He served his vicar year at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Benton Harbor, MI. After his ordination he also earned a Master of Church Music degree from Concordia University here in Mequon.

Prof. Christie served as pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Antioch, IL (1997-2010) and Trinity Lutheran Church in Waukesha, WI (2010-20). He served for 14 years as district worship coordinator for the Southeastern Wisconsin District of WELS. He currently serves the synod as a member of the Commission on Worship, as the Hymnody Chairman of the WELS Hymnal Project, as a regular presenter for WELS Schools of Worship Enrichment, and as a member of WELS Institute for Worship and Outreach.

On June 4, 1994, he married Kristin Paulsen of New Ulm, MN. Kristin is a 1992 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College. She has taught at St. John’s Lutheran School in Fox Lake, WI, at several public schools, and currently teaches kindergarten at Salem Lutheran School in Milwaukee. The Christies have been blessed with three children: Karl, married to Rachel, who is a Senior here at the seminary; Peter, married to Emily, who is in his Middler year; and Anna, currently studying at WLC and married to Jacob Biesterfeld, a Junior here at WLS.