Meet Our Staff

KNAUFF-TIM-50Timothy Knauff, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Pastor Tim arrived at Christ Lutheran in May of 2013, after serving churches in Wisconsin and South Bend, Indiana.  His previous career was in computer consulting around the Chicagoland area. He and his wife Amy have three boys, two cats, and a dog. Pastor Tim enjoys making music (piano, guitar, and more), outdoor activities (fly fishing, hiking, camping), wrestling with his boys, and reading. His particular continuing education interests include preaching, leadership, church culture, and South Africa.  He blogs occasionally at Reflections.  Email Pastor Tim at pastortim(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Rev. Erica Gibson-EvenErica Gibson-Even
Pastor for Discipleship and Education

Pastor Erica came to CLC in late 2011.  She served a congregation in Glenwood, IL after her ordination in 2004.  Before moving to Indiana, she and her husband Adam lived near Geneva, Switzerland, where their two children were born; while she was there she picked up a love for joyful global worship.  Pastor Erica is especially passionate about equipping families for faith formation and inviting adults into deeper discipleship.  She loves music, reading, cooking, and exploring the world with her kids.  Since acquiring a backyard and “her own dirt,” she is having a lot of fun learning to garden by trial and error — and anxiously awaits each Spring.  Email Pastor Erica at pastorerica(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Brian Bartusch
Director of Music Ministries

Brian is the newest member of the Christ Lutheran staff, having begun his responsibilities as Director of Music in August 2018. He brings almost 30 years of church music experience, having served churches in Lakewood, OH, Niles, MI, and Grand Rapids, MI. He graduated with a B.A. in organ performance from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI, and after working in the music retail business for 7 years, he went on to graduate school and earned his master’s degree in organ performance from Eastern Michigan University, studying with Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra. Brian also has experience in handbell ringing (both solo and ensemble), and is a founding members of Embellish, Grand Rapids’ premium handbell ensemble. Brian can be reached at brian.bartusch(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Jen Gottlieb
Director, Little Lamb Preschool

Jen Gottlieb serves as the Director of Little Lamb Preschool.  Jen and her family joined Christ Lutheran in 1997.  Since that time Jen has kept active in VBS, the youth program and chaired Christian Education.  Jen has been at Little Lamb since 2001, having taught all age levels and is now director.  Jen is married to Dave and they have two wonderful girls and a very feisty dog, Lucy.  Jen loves to read, hike and travel.  Please email Jen at jen.gottlieb(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Clint Mullet
Director of Youth Ministries

Clint came to CLC in early 2017. He has been part of the Valparaiso community since 2015. Clint has 10 years of youth ministry experience and holds a B.A. in Biblical Literature from Taylor University. Clint’s passion is following Jesus, inviting others to do the same, and equipping young people to authentically engage in their own Christian journey. Clint’s hobbies include sports, video games, reading, music, and traveling! Email Clint at clint.mullet(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) to connect!

Jen BiasJen Bias
Parish Administrator

Jenny was welcomed to CLC on October 10, 2011. Jenny has been an Administrative Assistant for over 30 years and worked at Griffith Lutheran Church for 5 years before joining CLC. She lives in Griffith, IN with her husband, Les and two daughters, Shanlynn and Brianna.  Email Jen at jen.bias(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

BUDNIK-HEATHER-163Heather Budnik
Business Manager

Heather came to Christ Lutheran Church in 2006 and joined our staff in March of 2010.  She handles all of the accounting, financial reporting and benefits administration for the church and the preschool.  Heather is a CPA and has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in Industrial Administration.  In the past, she has worked in auditing and systems consulting, and she loves having the opportunity serve in a church setting.  Email Heather at heather.budnik(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Milan Coburn
Property Manager

Milan had a  37 year career in Plant Engineering and Management with Dayton Superior, Armstrong, Ugimag, Anchor Hocking, Shell Oil Co. He presently owns and operates MCM which focuses on church property management and home improvements.  Milan has been a member of CLC for 24 years and has served as Church Council President,  Building Committee Chairperson, Just Imagine co-chairperson and other special task forces. Milan also enjoys sports, outdoors, and home improvements, he is married to Beth, has 3 married children and 4 grand children. Email Milan at milan.coburn(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)