Rev. Dr. Bimen Limbong was called as Lead Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church on June 1, 2019. Pastor Bimen came to Christ Lutheran Church as the Associate Pastor in September 2008. His mission for the church is to be intentional as we continue to work to make Christ known in each other, our community and the world. Prior to this call, he served as the Associate Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Anchorage, Alaska.
Pastor Bimen is involved in various ministry settings within the ELC A and ecumenical partners. Currently, he is serving as the Dean for the South Central Conference, and the chair for the Global Companion between I-K Synod and the Batak Church. Additionally, he is the acting chair for the Indonesians Caucus of the Association of Asians and Pacific Islanders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (AAPI-ELCA). Pastor Bimen is also serving as an executive member of the Kentucky Council of Churches (KCC). Another position he has held is Spiritual Director for Via De Cristo retreats.
He graduated from the Batak Theological Seminary (STT-HKB) in Indonesia in 1995 with Sarjana Theology (equal to Masters of Divinity/Theology). He earned his Doctorate in Ministry from Luther Seminary in Minnesota, focusing on Cross-Cultural Theology and Ministry in 2001. Pastor Bimen is married to Berliana Tambunan and they have three children: Hannah, Samuel and Petra. In his free time he loves to garden, custom build ink pens, work on many carpentry projects and play music with his children.
Pastor Elisa Owen, Interim Associate Pastor
Rev. Elisa Owen has been an ordained Presbyterian minister since 2007. Before graduating from Princeton Seminary in 2005 she earned a master’s degree in international relations and economics at Johns Hopkins (SAIS) and then worked for 7 years in Washington DC on the economics of international electric energy regulation. Since graduation, Elisa has served as interim youth director in Louisville, KY., and as a solo pastor in Madison, IN and Lawrenceburg, KY, as well as transitional pastor at Crescent Hill Presbyterian.
In order to exercise her passion for nurturing church vitality in a changing world, she serves on her presbyteries’ church redevelopment teams and on the leadership team of a Lilly grant housed at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary dedicated to inviting groups of brave churches to explore the theme: “Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose, Churches as Communities of Calling.”
In addition to her post seminary church experience, Elisa has served as Executive Director of Breaking New Grounds, a local non-profit that made compost from Heine Brothers’ coffee grounds, spent whiskey grains and waste from Limbwalker Tree Service and then used it to grow greens to sell to local restaurants. And, in the last 4 years she has worked on developing a vertically integrated natural fiber business focused on “sourcing bio plastic and other industrial products” from Kentucky farms. Elisa is mother to two daughters, Zoe and Cate, 10 and 7. She is married to James Peterworth, a local realtor.
Ann Wade, Director of Music
A lifelong resident of Louisville, Ann Colbert Wade graduated from Georgetown College with a Bachelor of Arts in organ. She also holds a Master of Music degree in organ from Indiana University as a student of Clyde Holloway. She also completed most of the requirements for a music doctorate at IU.
After having won the Chapter and Regional Competitions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Ann competed in the National Organ Playing Competition in 1968. She also was a winner of the Gruenstein Competition of the Chicago Club of Women Organists, and has played recitals and accompanied oratorio performances throughout the Midwest.
Ann has served as Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church since 1976. She has also been the assistant or, in two years the only organist, at all performances of the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at St. Paul United Methodist Church since the festival began 39 years ago. Active in the American Guild of Organists, she has served as Kentucky District Convener and as Dean of the Louisville Chapter, and for many years was the editor of the Louisville Chapter Newsletter. She also serves as treasurer of the Zeta Iota Alumnae Chapter of Delta Omicron, a professional music fraternity.
Married to Robert H. Wade, Ann lives on a farm in Shelby County and, until recently, bred Belgian Draft horses in addition to her musical activities.