Christ Lutheran Church is a congregation that embraces God’s unaltered and infallible Word, rejoices in the saving power of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and equips one and all to share the Good News of the Risen Living Savior.
  • Mark Degner

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Mark is married to Linda. He was born and raised in Wisconsin. He received His Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. A lifelong follower of Jesus, Mark has served as pastor of churches in Colorado, Arizona and Nebraska. He loves to share Jesus with people in Word and action. One of his favorite Words from God is, Do not remember the former things,  or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert." - Isaiah 43:18-19. Mark serves as a chaplain for the Blair Police Department and is a member of the Board of Directors of Joseph's Coat. He loves to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

  • Bob Ehmen

    President

    Bob has been a member of Christ Lutheran Church for two years.  He and Candy, the love of his life, have been married over 44 years.  They have two boys, Josh (Jennifer) Ehmen, and Jared (Lindsey) Ehmen, and 3 beautiful grandchildren and a fourth is on the way!  Bob served 21 years in the Air Force as a pilot during which time he and Candy have moved many times to multiple locations around the world.  After retiring from active duty, Bob continued his flying career with FedEx for the next 21 years.  Wherever they made their home, becoming active members in church has been part of Bob and Candy's calling.  Bob enjoys music and has always joined choirs and men's groups to offer praise through leading worship and Bible study.  He still picks up his guitar from time to time as well in leading worship services at Christ Lutheran.  They live across the river in Missouri Valley but have established their church home here and are very excited to be a part of God's mission in Blair.  He and Candy both have roots here as Dana Alumni, graduating in 1973.  Bob looks forward to this year as we move onward to our future ministry center on the former Dana Campus.  

    His most meaningful Bible verse comes from his confirmation years...And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. - Col 3:17

  • Bill Hall

    Minister of Music

    Bill is a worshiper of the Lord Jesus Christ, having received Him as Savior in 1976.  He has been privileged to serve as minister of music for churches in Maryland and Ohio before moving to Blair 20 years ago.  Bill holds three degrees in music and was a member of The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) and The United States Army Field Band (The Musical Ambassadors of the Army).  He also served as a high school band director and an Associate Professor of Music at Dana College.  At Christ Lutheran Church, Bill oversees the Worship and Music ministry, teaches and adult Sunday School class, and occasionally delivers a sermon.  One of Bill's favorite Bible passages is Ephesians 5:18-19, "Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."  Bill's bride of 46 years, Shelly, is an anointed worship leader and Bible teacher.  She teaches instrumental music in the Millard Public Schools.  Bill and Shelly have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren. 



  • Jody Ptacnik

    Administrative Assistant

    Greetings and welcome the the Christ Lutheran Church website. We are a church that cares about you! We walk out our faith in service to God and to others. Jody does clerical tasks for the church and feels this band of Jesus followers teaches her more about God every day. She is a grandma of five and she desires for all people to know the grace, love and mercy God has for each human. It gives Jody great joy to be able to serve God in return for the sacrifice that Jesus became for each of us. Jody's favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  May you feel presence of the Holy Spirit as you navigate through our website!  


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