A native of Stewart, MN, Paul J. Christensen, director of the Augsburg Centennial Singers, attended Augsburg College where he sang in the Augsburg Choir and majored in music. While at Augsburg, he was hired to direct the adult choir at First Lutheran Church of Columbia Heights, MN.
After graduation, it was off to the Army. As a chaplain’s assistant, his duties included playing organ and directing the chapel choir at Fort Lewis, WA. Near the end of his military service, he received a letter of call to return to First Lutheran as their full-time Minister of Music. He stayed for 37 years, directing vocal and handbell choirs until his retirement in 1999.
Paul joined the Centennial Singers in 1994 and served as assistant director and accompanist for 11 years before being asked to direct in 2014. He brings a strong musical background to his new position as director.