Pastor Gary

Pastor Gary Liker

Pastor Gary Liker began preaching at Christ United Methodist Church in Cannon Falls and Stanton United Methodist Church in Stanton Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Pastor Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies/Youth Ministry from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity from the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was previously appointed to Roseau United Methodist Church, Ellendale and Geneva United Methodist Churches, Barnum Community United Methodist Church, Simpson United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Hillcrest United Methodist Church in Bloomington, and, most recently, Grace United Methodist Church in Pequot Lakes, where he had served since 2017.

Throughout his college years, he worked as a Youth Director at several churches. Before he was first appointed as a Pastor in Roseau in 1997, he worked with youth at the First and Hope United Methodist Churches in Duluth, Lake Lotawana United Methodist Church in Missouri and the Osseo United Methodist Church.

Continuing education and training is important to Pastor Gary. He has attended many educational and training events in our Conference and outside. He enjoys taking church laypeople with him to attend various workshops.

He has held leadership positions in the Via de Cristo, Cursillo and Teens Encounter Christ programs. He is certified to use the Prepare/Enrich program for pre-marital counseling.

Pastor Gary and his wife, Brenda, have two adult sons. Adam is married to Shawn and the couple is working to adopt an 18-month-old boy. Aaron is married to Abby and they have an infant son, Greyson.

Pastor Gary and Brenda live In Northfield with their miniature poodle, Mila. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandson, as well as extended family. They enjoy traveling, including going on cruises. Gary enjoys cooking. The couple enjoy going to movies, golf, miniature golf, swimming, bowling and fishing.

Pastor Gary presides over worship services Sundays at 8:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church and 10:15 a.m. at Stanton United Methodist Church. His office hours at Christ Church are 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. He is available outside of office hours by appointment.

Contact Pastor Gary at or 651-280-0150.


Pastor Pat Walker's last service with the church was June 21, 2020. Watch a video on his last eight years with Christ Church.