Pastor Samuel Gullixson grew up in southern Minnesota. He received his BA at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN in 2003. After graduation, he taught English for a year in both North Korea and Chile. He graduated from Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2010 and was called to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Bishop, CA. He served there from November 2010 to April 2016 when he accepted the call to serve at Parkland. He and his wife are blessed with seven children.