Pastor Joel Bjerkestrand
Pastor Joel Bjerkestrand was born of missionary parents in India and moved to Illinois at age twelve. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
Pastor Joel Bjerkestrand served one congregation in California and three in the Phoenix area before retiring from his career of full-time ministry after 32 years. In 2011, he began his work at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church as Visitation Pastor, visiting shut-ins and those hospitalized.
Through his “On the Way Ministry”, Pastor Joel officiates at weddings and funerals for those who don’t have a church home/pastor.
Pastor Joel also teaches Sunday morning adult education classes, occasionally preaches, and is invited frequently to speak with groups within the congregation. After retiring from his full-time ministry, Pastor Joel Bjerkestrand received training to become a professional, certified life coach. As well, he was an adjunct professor at Western International University for six years.