Pastor Bradley Donald Viken was born in 1959 in Mayville, North Dakota and grew up in North Dakota. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, St. Paul, Mn in 1984 (DCE) he served for four years as a DCE, teacher and coach. He was then called into full time pastoral ministry, and in 1992 he was ordained after receiving his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.
Pastor Brad received his first call to Holy Trinity in Lakefield MN, where soon after his arrival he was called to take on a second congregation, pastoring both churches simultaneously. Later, God brought him back to North Dakota where he pastored two different churches. Eventually God led him to Hesperia, California where he led God’s people at Faith Lutheran Church for 17 years. He has served as pastor for God’s people at Risen Christ since November 2020.
Throughout His ministry, he has assumed a wide variety of responsibilities in a diverse array of ministry fields. He has been an educator, camp director, a worship leader in nursing homes, has always worked well with youth, and has been active in local food pantries and other community outreach ministries. He has always encouraged everyone within the church to be active outside the church in their community.
He has been married to his best friend and the love of his life, Lynda since 1989. In 1992 they were blessed with a son and in 1994 they were double blessed with twin girls. They now have 4 grandchildren. Some of his favorite activities revolve around family, especially grandkids. He loves reading to these little ones. His wife, Lynda is a former nurse and is now an accountant with an MBA. Lynda loves to be active in many aspects of church ministry and has blessed Brad’s ministry greatly along their journey.
Pastor Brad loves to teach, preach, listen, interact, lead, and encourage. He has been told that he has a strange sense of humor and been blessed with a creative mind. He enjoys wearing strange costumes during worship as he portrays various Biblical characters. He likes to ask questions and hear stories from the lives of others. As a worship leader, he has written lyrics for many worship songs, often writing different words for some of the great hymns of the church. He loves both traditional and contemporary worship styles and encourages as many others as possible to be active is all aspects of the worship.
His favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths.” (ESV)
His personal mission statement is: Because I am saved, I will surrender, I will serve, I will share Christ.