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Sr. Pastor Dr. T.C. Arnold

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Tyler C. Arnold was born in 1973 and raised in and around Alton, Illinois.  He graduated from Roxana High School in 1991 and Concordia University, River Forest in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He then attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and graduated in 1999 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2019, Pastor Arnold received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN in the area of Pastoral Care.

Pastor Arnold has served as a parish pastor since 1999. He was the Assistant Pastor at Christ Lutheran, Platte Woods, MO. from 1999-2004. In 2004 he accepted a Divine Call to serve as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran in Millstadt, IL. He later returned to Christ Lutheran in Platte Woods in 2006 to serve as Sr. Pastor, the position he currently serves.

Pastor Arnold has served on the Board of Congregational Support for the Southern Illinois District, as the Chairman for the Committee on Structure and Administration for the Missouri District as well as the District’s Structure and Administration Task Force. He has also served on the Board of Directors at Unity Lutheran School in East St. Louis, IL as well as Pastoral Advisor to the Executive Council of the Northland Lutheran School Association in the Kansas City Northland. He has served for nine years as a Circuit Visitor and on various District program and conference committees.  Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Regents for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and is a “Fellow” on the Collegium of Pastors for DOXOLOGY – The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel.

Pastor Arnold writes for the LCMS Blog and The Lutheran Witness.  He has also written articles that have been published in SEELSORGER – A Journal for the Contemporary Cure of Souls and LOGIA.  He has been a speaker at District Pastors Conferences and various retreats on the topic of the care of souls.

He was joined in marriage to Andrea (nee Thur) in 1995 in Ste. Genevieve, MO where her father served as pastor at the time. They are blessed to have two boys, Jacob and Benjamin who both attend Missouri State University in Springfield, MO.








Asst. Pastor B.J. Froiland

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Pastor Brandon James Froiland was born in Bloomer, Wis., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pre-Seminary Studies and Theological Languages from Concordia University-Wisconsin in 2004. He began his seminary formation in the fall of 2004 and received his Master of Divinity degree in May 2008.

Pastor Froiland has served as Assistant Pastor at Christ Lutheran since 2008, supporting the Senior Pastor in management of day-to-day activities of the church.

Pastor and his wife Sara have seven children. They enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family.










Deacon Buchholz

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Deacon David Buchholz was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Concordia Teachers College of Seward, Neb. in 1978 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in education and earned a master’s degree in education in 1988.

Following their June 1978 wedding, Deacon and Mary (Zobel) Buchholz received their first placement to Immanuel Lutheran School in Hillside, Ill., where they both served as Lutheran school teachers. Subsequently, Deacon Buccholz accepted the call to teach at Grace Lutheran School in Kansas City, Kan., followed by Trinity Lutheran in Alma, Mo. While at Trinity Lutheran, he served in a variety of positions including teacher, Athletic Director, and Principal. He also served as Principal of Holy Cross Lutheran School in Kansas City from 2001 to 2004.

Deacon Buchholz possesses over a decade of experience in Youth Ministry, having served as Community Life Leader for the LCMS Department of Youth Ministry in the area of Servant Events. He is trained as both Consultant and Team Captain for Lutheran schools seeking National Lutheran School Accreditation and is a member of the Lutheran Education Association.

Deacon Buchholz has served as Deacon for Christ Lutheran since 2004, leading youth education and service opportunities for the parish family including Little Lambs, Kids for Chris, JR-LYF, and SR-LYF.

David and Mary have five children: Anna, Rachel, Matthew, Joshua, and Mark.




Asst. Pastor to Oromo Abdi Megerssa Selbana

I, Abdi Mergerssa Selbana, was born in a rural city of Ethiopia called Nekemte on November 30th, 1966. My parents became followers of Christ before I was born. I was baptized in Dalo Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus on February 20, 1967. I was confirmed in 1986 and got a call from my congregation to be an evangelist at the same year of my confirmation. Then I got a call from the Central Ethiopia Synod/District in 1993 to be an outreach work coordinator. During my ministry in Central Ethiopia Synod, with the grace of God, I was able to establish 400 churches and reached out to about a million people with the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In 2000, I was sent to Mekane Yesus Seminary in Ethiopia for four years to study theology. I graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree.

I was ordained on August 7, 2016 in Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. In 2018 I began work with the Kansas City Oromo Evangelical Church in Kansas City, MO. I was a member of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. I passed my colloquy interview/examination into the LCMS ministry in September 2020 and received my call to Christ Lutheran and was installed on March 28, 2021 as an Assistant Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church to the Oromo Congregation.
The Oromo congregation I serve at Christ Lutheran has begun the process to charter as an LCMS congregation.

I am married to Feven Aldiga and we have two children, Nafsif and Bisi.