Pastor Mike Widner grew up in Helotes. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree focusing on Management. Upon discerning the call to become a pastor, he attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota obtaining a certification in youth ministry in addition to the Master of Divinity degree. He has served congregations in Brenham, Texas, Katy, Texas, Syracuse, Nebraska and Alexandria, Minnesota and has been at Christ the King since November 2015.
Pastor Mike’s daughter, Violet, is a great joy and continues to help him learn about the beauty of life. Beyond spending time with family and friends, he enjoys gardening and yard work, watching movies and his dogs He enjoys getting to know people and having fun together as we journey through life, exploring the incredibly gracious and profound love that God pours upon us through Christ. He is passionate about helping people connect their faith and their daily lives; as well as empowering people to discover and use their God given gifts and abilities to serve the world as a member in the body of Christ.
Mariesa Robbins, Director of Youth and Family Ministries / Parish Administrator
Mariesa was born in Lubbock, TX and raised in Midland. After graduating from Texas Lutheran University, she pursued her ministry as the Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Our Savior Lutheran in Bradley, Illinois. This year begins her 21st year in ministry. During that time, Mariesa received her certification in Youth and Family Ministries from Wartburg Theological Seminary. Eventually, Mariesa realized she missed Texas and joined the Christ the King staff in 2005.
Mariesa has a love for art, gardening and is an avid lover of butterflies. She has been happily married to Jody for over 20 years and have a crazy high school son, Cade who keeps them busy with theatre performances and is about to get his license. She loves going to the theatre every chance she can with her son and sings Musicals at the top of her lungs with him in the car.
Dawn Young, Administrative Assistant
Vanessa Jackson, Pianist/ Accompanist
Vanessa graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music from the UTSA in 1995 with a focus in piano performance. She has spent her life as an active musician teaching band, orchestra, choir. As a lifelong Lutheran, she began her church ministry in 1999 as the pianist/choir director for Alvin Lutheran Church. While her husband served in the military, she would often provide substitute pianist services at her church or play electric bass in the praise band at Covenant Lutheran in Temple, TX, Triumphant Lutheran in Garden Ridge, Fairbanks Lutheran and Joy Lutheran in Alaska.
Carol Bearce, Organist
Sally Walters, Choir, Handbell and Worship Band Director
Ryan Agrella, Media Specialist
Melanie Vogt, Nursery
Reinaldo Diaz, Custodian