The Christus Award is given annually to individuals in recognition of the contributions they have made to strengthen the bridge between the church and the university and/or who have made significant contributions to higher education in the ELCA.
The Rev. Glen and Lauri Egertson
Lauri and Glen Egertson serve as the Executive Directors of Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences (LRCC), which operates two camps affiliated with the Lutheran church in Southern California. Their most important task is to recruit and train teenagers and twenty-somethings to serve as the counselors and mentors to the children who attend camp programs. The first place they look for the next wave of role models is Cal Lutheran, where they consistently rely on Prs. Scott and Melissa Maxwell Doherty, Desta Goehner, and Linda LeBlanc.
Glen and Lauri were married in 1992, have four children (including two Cal Lutheran alumni), and three grandchildren. All four of their children have worked or still work at camp, and one of their grandchildren has already been a counselor. Many camp staff have become part of the Egertson family, which may be why they have stayed so long. The Egertsons landed at El Camino Pines in 2005, and have been leading LRCC since 2009.
Before camp, Glen worked as a janitor, youth worker, carpenter and pastor. He is a graduate of California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Glen enjoys fixing broken stuff, watching old movies, and prefers reading non-fiction. Glen's favorite days are spent in the slot canyons of Zion National Park with his pals. He is two-thirds of the way through visiting every major league baseball stadium.
Lauri was raised in San Diego, CA and confirmed in the Catholic Church before joining as a member of the Lutheran church. After completing a program in Nursing at the University of California in San Diego, she worked as an optician and office manager for several doctors while raising her children. She enjoys reading just about anything, trailing black bears at both camps, and animal midwifery at Luther Glen. Her next quest is to fill her National Park Service Passport with stamps.
Lauri and Glen are sustained by a countless hoard of friends and family. Soli Deo Gloria.
|Recipients of the Christus Award|
|2018||The Rev. Glen and Mrs. Lauri Egertson|
|2017||The Rev. Frank Nausin|
|2016||The Rev. Paul Evenson|
|2013||Jim and Sue Swenson|
|2012||Dr. Jerry Miller|
|2011||The Rev. Dr. Paul Egertson|
|2010||Mr. Marvin Soiland|
|2009||The Rev. Dr. Howie Wennes|
|2008||Mrs. Beverly Anderson|
|2007||The Rev. Lauren "Bud" Egdahl|
|2006||The Rev. Dr. Luther Olmon|
|2005||Dr. Louise Evenson & Karsten Lundring|
|2004||Mr. Norman Lueck|
|2003||The Rev. Gerry Swanson and Dr. Jan Bowman|
|2002||The Rev. John Embree|
|2001||Mr. Bob Samuelson|
|2000||The Rev. Paul Nakamura/Aina Abrahamson|
|1999||The Rev. Quentin Garman|
|1998||Dr. Ray & Mrs. Helen Olson|
|1997||The Rev. Erling & Dr. Marge Wold|
|1996||Rev. Dr. Gaylerd Mercer & Mrs. Joan Falde|
|1995||The Rev. Carl & Mrs. Ruth Segerhammar|
|1994||The Rev. James Bessey|
|1993||Mr. Gaylord Mercer|
|1992||Ms. Diane Nelson|