Rory Philstrom –  Lead Pastor
952-881-8600 extension 14   rphilstrom@ctkb.org 
I grew up in Omaha, NE where I learned the values of hard work, fast friendship, a lived faith, and adventure. From there I moved on to Fort Worth, TX where he studied Religion and Spanish at Texas Christian University. While at TCU I got bit by the international travel bug and made my way to China, Tibet, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, and Nicaragua. After college I spent a year in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, working as a Youth Ministry Coordinator at a congregation in urban Chicago. During that year I intentionally lived below the poverty line with a community of folks doing the same. From there I enrolled at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where my studies focused on interfaith relations. While at LSTC I met my lovely wife Carolyn. I love new adventures of all kinds, whether they be backpacking & camping outdoors, exploring a new part of town, or laying in my hammock reading an epic fantasy novel. I am passionate about the work that God is doing in our world today and am constantly thinking about how we might become better disciples. 
As of October 2018, he and his wife welcomed their son, Edan!
Pastor Maria & Solomon and Pastor Rory & Edan
Maria Anderson-Lippert – Associate Pastor
952-881-8600 extention 15      manderson@ctkb.org

Pr. Maria Anderson-Lippert grew up in Lindstrom, MN, has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN (where she also sang in the choir), and graduated with her M. Div. from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA.

For the past three years she has served as the Transition Pastor at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland, Maine, and as the Mission Developer for a new community called Arise Portland, which serves mostly people who haven’t found a spiritual home in a traditional church setting. Pr. Maria brings gifts in the areas of congregational transition, community and leadership development, and creative worship. She enjoys the many facets of pastoral ministry, particularly worship planning and leadership, pastoral care, adult and youth education, and community outreach. Through the work she’s done in Portland, she has developed strong ecumenical partnerships, built safety and trust with community members skeptical of the church, organized with others around issues of housing affordability and workers’ rights, and co-led an ongoing paperless singing practice group. Her passions for music and social justice largely shape the ways she shares God’s love both inside and outside her congregational ministry.  

When not working, Pr. Maria enjoys bouncing between various creative endeavors, cooking meals with her husband, and snuggling with her two cats, Elliot and Ollie. And as of August 2019 – they welcomed their son, Solomon!

Bjorn Gustafson – Director of Music
952-881-8600 extension 13  bgustafson@ctkb.org 

Bjorn Gustafson has been crafting music and shaping congregational song in many contexts for over twenty years, serving first as a youth organist in his home church of Our Savior’s Lutheran in Outing, MN. He graduated from St John’s University, Collegeville, MN, and has served Roman Catholic and Episcopal parishes since moving to the metro area in 2000. He brings broad experience in working with both volunteer and professional musicians, choral and bell choirs, instrumentalists, and in children’s music. Curating the Church’s rich store of musical expression and promoting music that both inspires and challenges is work he cannot imagine NOT doing! In his position at CTK, Bjorn serves as organist, directs the adult choir, helps shape and lead music for children and youth, and leads both the worship band and the handbell choir. 

Brittany McDonald – Director of Children, Youth and Family
952-881-8600 extension 23   bmcdonald@ctkb.org
Jane Bishop – Financial Administrator and Property Manager
952-881-8600 extension 12     jbishop@ctkb.org

I grew up a few blocks from Christ the King and have warm memories of learning and worshipping here with my family.  After high school I went away to college, continued to grow in a variety of places and spaces with many new faces, settled in Burnsville and after a long career in the corporate world, I began working part-time in the church office in 2005.  There are many things involved in the life of the church and now, sitting in a different pew so to speak, my appreciation for mission and ministry at CTK has deepened.  What a joy it is to be part of and work alongside this community! In my second life at Christ the King, I’ve brought along my husband Doug and our young nephews, Oliver and Eli, and our niece, Leila.  It is a gift to share this space and this faith with them and with you.  

Jane VeVea – Congregational Coordinator
952-881-8600 extension 10     jvevea@ctkb.org
My life began at CTK in May of 2008. I have been a professional photographer by trade for over 30 years, and have always enjoyed working with people and have grown up in the Lutheran church. Pastor Dave Valen was right in saying CTK would be a great fit for me, and I enjoy working with the members and staff. I was born in Illinois but MN has been my home now for 30 years. I am married to Patrick and mom to 2 wonderful grown children, David & Megan. I enjoy reading, movies, golf, walking, nature, the MN Twins & Vikings, and being with family and friends.
Dan Lenort – Custodian   
952-881-8600 extension 21     dlenort@ctkb.org