Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

We, as members of Christ Lutheran Church, are “Growing in Christ; Going for Christ” in all aspects of our congregational life and ministry.


Our Vision

We, as members of Christ Lutheran Church, are a friendly congregation that welcomes and accepts all people, seeking to always reach out in service to others.

Our People

Christ Lutheran is blessed to have both full time and part time professional staff members as well as dozens of talented people serving in lay leadership roles.  All of these people are dedicated to building and supporting vibrant Christ-centered ministries for our congregation and community.   We are, as our mission states, "Growing in Christ... Going for Christ!"

Ministry and Office Support Staff

Transitional Pastor

Krister Ulmanis


Pastor Krister is a walking, talking multi-cultural kind of a person with a lot of stories to tell. Born and raised in Sweden to Latvian parents, he lived in Canada from 1974 until his move to Michigan in 2013. Ordained in 1991 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canadahe officially transferred to the Southeast Michigan Synod of the ELCA in 2015.  


According to Pastor Krister, he always wanted to be a pastor. He loves liturgy and church history, but loves people more than anything. The door to his office is always open, so feel free to drop in for a chat any time. Before taking on the role of Interim, in the SEMI Synod, he served five ELCIC congregations as a full-time pastor.  He also led Latvian-speaking congregations, and preached in the Swedish Lutheran Congregation in Toronto from time to time. An accredited and fully trained Interim Transitional Pastor, Pastor Krister has served congregations in Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Woods and Livonia.   He has a son Niklas, born 1991, whom he raised as a single parent since 1996. He remarried on September 5, 2015 to Lela Baugh-Creighton. Lela is a visual arts teacher at Martin Luther King High School in the Detroit Public School System and an Art Therapist at the Sanctuary at Bellbrok Retirement Community. Pastor Krister and Lela reside in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan  You may contact Pastor Ulmains at prkrister@christsterling.org or (586) 731-1113.



Coordinator of Communications and Volunteer Ministries

Beth Paulo


Beth began at CLC in the fall of 2008 and spent eight and a half years focusing on faith formation and development for CLC's elementary, junior high and high school youth.  In May of 2017, she assumed this new role.  The position, created by our Staff Visioning Team and partially funded by Campaign 2020 contributions, was designed to assist the congregation though the call process for our permanent pastor.  She will focus on implementing improved communications and volunteer recruitment processes.  Beth will continue to coordinate aspects our high school youth ministry, including leading CLC in our journey to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, TX next summer.  


Beth has been a life time member of CLC which provides her a unique perspective in ministry.  Prior to serving at Christ Lutheran, Beth worked in the marketing, advertising and information technology fields. Beth graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University.   Contact Beth at beth4youth@christsterling.org 


Coordinator of Youth Ministry

Sandra Cox


Sandy joined the CLC Staff on July 1, 2017.  She begins in this part time role, focusing ministry efforts on our elementary and middle school programming and she could not be more excited about sharing her love of God with our young people.  Prior to this role, Sandy was an active volunteer at CLC in several areas, serving as Sunday School Co-supervisor, Catechism Guide and Vacation Bible School Director.  Sandy enjoys working with children and feels extremely blessed to be in this role.  Prior to this role, Sandy has worked as a SACC director, and a paraprofessional for children with special needs, in the Chippewa Valley School District.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Rochester College.  You may contact Sandy at sandy@christsterling.org or (586) 731-1113


Office Manager

Diane McIntyre


Diane has served Christ Lutheran as Office Manager since December of 2011. Prior to this she has worked as a bookkeeper/office manager, or in accounting roles in various industries. She did this for approximately 35 years before God put her in this place, a place she loves serving and is deeply committed to. Diane became a member of CLC in 1981 and has served in many, many volunteer roles including sharing communion to shut-ins, serving on the altar guild, and serving on Church Council as the representative on the Board of Stewardship. Diane is active in Saturday Sisters, a CLC prayer group here at CLC. You can contact Diane at (586) 731-1113 or at officemanager@christsterling.org


Organist/Coordinator of Music Ministries/Children's and Adult Choir Director

Evan Caldrone


Evan has served various congregations in the metro Detroit area as an organist and music director since 2000.  He served Christ Lutheran Church from 2007 to 2011 as Organist and returned in August 2013 to serve as Organist, Chidlren's Choir Director and Coordinator of Music Ministries.  Evan studied organ performance and choral conducting with Fred Dehaven from Oakland University.  Evan has held various positions in the Utica Community Schools and Waterford Schools as an accompanist, choral clinician and music educator.   Returning to Christ in 2013 has been a homecoming for Evan.  You can contact Evan at (586) 731-1113 or Evan@christsterling.org

Church Council

Our congratulations and thanks goes out to those people elected to the 2017 Church Council as officers and representatives as well as all committee members.


2017 Officers and Council Representatives

  • President - Gary Clark
  • Vice President - Bob Jenkins
  • Treasurer - Carolyn Hammar
  • Secretary - Kim Quigley
  • Financial Secretary - Barb Klein
  • Board of Evangelism - Open 
  • Board of Finance - Richard Hammar
  • Board of Parish Education - Marcia Walainis
  • Board of Property Management - Henry Schoensee
  • Board of Social Ministry - Cathy Huhn
  • Board of Staff Relations - Open
  • Board of Stewardship - Open
  • Board of Worship - Nicole McCarthy
  • Board of Youth Ministry - Keith Puffpaff

Other Positions

  • Sunday School Co-Supervisors - Marcia Walainis and Tammy Pikarski
  • Women of the E.L.C.A. - Carolyn Hammar
  • Stephen's Ministry - Janet Nank
  • Endowment Fund - Cathy Polselli
  • Memorial Fund - Richard Hammar
  • Communion Ministers - Robert Hughes
  • Prayer Ministry - Janet Nank

Where to Find us

Christ Lutheran Church
12500 Canal Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Phone: (586) 731-1113

Worship Schedule


Traditional - 8:00 am

Blended - 9:30 am*
Traditional - 11:00 am


 Holy Communion is celebrated weekly at all three Sunday services




 * Active Faith Formation (Sunday School)

 3 year olds through 5th graders are welcome to join us every Sunday, in the Youth Room after the Children's Message


Church Office Hours

Tuesday through Friday  

  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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