Our Pastor

My favorite part of the Bible is Exodus 33. You can come and ask me why sometime and I’d be happy to give you the full story. But for now, I want to share verse 14 with you: “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

That was God’s promise to Moses. And a promise Jesus extends to us as well: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.”

This promise was dear to me when I graduated from Martin Luther College and got married in 2013. It was dear to my wife Calista and I as we traveled to East Asia as missionaries. It was dear to me as I returned to finish my pastoral education at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and was assigned to Native American Missions in San Carlos, Arizona. In 5 years of being a pastor, I’ve been very thankful for the rest that the Lord provides to people. God has given me rest when I needed it, and I’ve had the privilege of sharing that rest with others as they’ve faced the challenges of their lives.

I look forward to sharing God’s gospel rest with the people of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and with the Lodi community.

-Pastor Tim Leistekow

Left: Pastor Tim and his family