Christian’s roots run deep in Brooklyn Park. His mother grew up just over the border into Brooklyn Center. His uncle was in the first Park Center High School graduating class. His parents bought their first house in Brooklyn Park near Boone and 63rd in 1974. Christian spent his first 24 years in that house. His parents still live there. When Christian was a kid the drive to Osseo or Coon Rapids was a trip to the country. Everything north of 85th Ave. was all farm land.
As Brooklyn Park grew, Christian grew. A couple of you who live in homes near the golf course might still have a window or patio door that Christian helped his uncle install in the new homes being constructed there. The business that Christian’s dad started with a friend spent some of its formative years in a business park near Fleet Farm. Christian’s first ‘real’ job was at Bill’s Superette on Boone. Christian continued to live at home during college.
Christian saw community engagement and community service all around him. One neighbor served on the planning commission. Another neighbor was a cop. Another neighbor was the sister of Brooklyn Park’s police chief. His own father and mother were engaged in school work, serving on PTOs, Site Councils, the Gifted and Talented parents’ group. The people around him truly cared for this city and everyone who lived here.
In 2000, Christian ventured out. He moved to Chicago where he lived and worked in the city, met his wife, and had his first two children. In 2009 it was time to move back to Minnesota. Christian and his family moved on to the campus of Bethel Seminary to complete graduate school. His youngest child joined the family during this time.
In 2013 it was time for Christian and his family to buy their first home. It would be Brooklyn Park for them too. Christian, and his wife Deborah, loved the big yards, the city parks, the diverse schools. Their neighbors include couples who bought their homes new in 1962, and new immigrant families. In Elementary School, all of Christian’s classmates were white and spoke English as their first language. His children attend schools with people from every race, dozens of first languages, they learn about cultures and religions that Christian never had the opportunity to be exposed to. There is no place he would rather be to raise his family.