Fall Kickoff

Back to School season is here!  Sunday School begins on Sunday, September 8, and we will be sending our children off to school with a Backpack Blessing Event during the late Worship Service on the same day.

Christ the King formally organized on Christ the King Sunday, November 20, 1977.  A total of 43 members were transferred from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette.

On January 21, 1979, an all-purpose worship building was dedicated.  Pastor Robert Knepel was installed on January 22, 1978, and served as a half-time pastor until January of 1982.

Pastor Tim Ott was installed on September 8, 1982 as the first full-time pastor of Christ the King.  The congregation was growing steadily and soon had outgrown the small all-purpose building.

Ground was broken for a new sanctuary on May 1, 1988.  With the help of Laborers For Christ, and everyone in our congregation, a new sanctuary and additional classrooms were dedicated to the glory of God on October 9, 1988.

The next significant outreach was the formation of a Christian preschool that opened in 1996 with Lois Ott as the director and teacher.  

God continued to bless Christ the King in all areas of ministry and soon we were again experiencing a shortage of Sunday School rooms and Fellowship Hall space.  A long-range committe spent 5 years developing plans for a Family Life Center, a new Preschool, and more Sunday School rooms.  Again with the help of Laborers for Christ, and the tremendous outpouring of help from the congregation, a beautiful Family Life Center was dedicated on October 25, 1998.

In 2006 the decision was made to call Amanda Stacy as our first full-time Director of Christian Education.  In addition to children's and family ministry, Amanda is now our Preschool Director and Teacher.

After Pastor Ott's retirement, Pastor DJ Thomsen was installed on March 23 of 2014.  

We give thanks and praise to God for His abundant blessings and pray for His continued guidance!

440 Stoneville Road
Ishpeming, Michigan 49849
(906) 485-4432


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Pastor DJ Thomsen

Dwain (DJ) Thomsen grew up on a farm in the small town of Rush City, Minnesota and graduated from Rush City High School in 2002.  At the age of 16 DJ began attending church at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rush City and was instructed in the Lutheran faith and baptized shortly thereafter.  In high school he began to feel God pulling him toward pastoral ministry while he was president of his youth group at St. John’s Lutheran Church and when he graduated high school he set off to attend Concordia University Wisconsin. 

During his time at Concordia, DJ developed a passion for ministry while working with youth in the campus youth ministry program.  His involvement in this program, as well as other campus ministry programs, served to affirm DJ on his path toward becoming a pastor. It was at Concordia University that DJ became involved in a campus music group and met a stunning young girl named Josie.  Josie grew up just 70 miles across the Mississippi from DJ in Barron, Wisconsin.  Josie and DJ were married during their time at Concordia and they have four children; John, Keegan, Camden, and Clover. 

DJ graduated from the St. Louis Seminary in 2010 and previously served for 3 1/2 years as Associate Pastor at Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Flower Mound Texas before accepting the call to Christ the King.  Because they have four busy children, DJ and Josie spend much of their free time being parents.  However, when those quiet moments come, Josie enjoys scrapbooking, photography, music, and Pinterest adventures.  Whenever DJ gets a chance he heads to the garage to work on motorcycles or cars or Josie's Pinterest requests.  He particularly enjoys restoring old motorcycles and has a 1961 Volkswagen Beetle that he plans on restoring. 

Amanda Stacy, DCE



Melanie Ogea, Secretary