Church of the Incarnation
600 Third Avenue North
Great Falls, Montana
(406) 453-4167

The Reverend Tim Ljunggren

The Reverend Father Timothy (Tim) Ljunggren was born in Tucson, Arizona, but grew up in Flagstaff. He graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1975, and attended Northern Arizona University before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Fr. Tim served in the Air Force for eight years, working as the Operations administrator with the Fifth Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. During his time in the Air Force, Tim earned his bachelor of arts degree in psychology and sociology; he was also honored by being listed in the Outstanding Young Men of America directory for 1985. He earned two United States Air Force Achievement Medals, and was named the Outstanding Administrator of the Year in 1985.
Upon being honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1991, Fr. Tim continued his education by attending Bexley Hall, an Episcopal seminary located in Rochester, New York. He also took a commission as a chaplain candidate in the United States Army, and was chosen to attend the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. in 1993, where he was chosen as his unit’s honor graduate by his peers and supervisors.
After graduation from seminary, Fr. Tim served at Trinity Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, as a curate for three years. He was then called to serve as rector of Saint John of the Cross in Bristol, Indiana, in 1997; during his six and a half year tenure, Fr. Tim also served in the Diocese of Northern Indiana as the Dean of the Elkhart Deanery, as a member of the Constitution and Canons Committee, as well as serving on other assorted committees and councils.
Fr. Tim accepted the call to become the rector of the Church of the Incarnation in Great Falls, and began his tenure on March 1, 2004.
Fr. Tim is also a writer, a photographer, a painter, a digital artist, a filmmaker, an editor, and a publisher. He was the founding editor and publisher of insolent rudder, an online electronic magazine devoted to flash fiction (stories of 1,013 words or less), which was chosen as a Literary Magazine Selection of Poets & Writers in April of 2002.  Tim served as the Senior Online Editor of WordSmitten and as an Assistant Editor of the Mad Hatters’ Review.
Fr. Tim’s own flash fiction has been published in such literary journals as Literary Potpourri, WordSmitten, Opium Magazine, Doorknobs & BodyPaint, and Fuzzynet. His published nonfiction work includes interviews with Jeff Kleinman (literary agent and attorney with The Graybill & English Literary Agency), Stephen Powers (senior editor of the Wiley Publishing Group), Jeff Pearlman (former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of the book, The Bad Guys Won!), and Chris Offutt (author of Kentucky Straight and No Heroes). Fr. Tim’s illustrations have appeared in the Mad Hatters’ Review, and his artwork and photography have been showcased in Literary Potpourri. His film work appeared at the Rough Cutz Film Festival in Boston, Massachusetts, in February, 2007.
Fr. Tim has facilitated numerous creativity clusters, utilizing such books as The Artist’s Way, Vein of Gold, and Walking in This World by Julia Cameron; Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel; and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.
Fr. Tim is married to Linda Ljunggren, a psychiatric nurse, musician, and artist; they have six children and three grandchildren.