About Us - Pendleton Insurance Center

About Us

We are locally owned and operated and take a comprehensive approach in a using risk management strategy. We provide personal attention, exceptional resources, and ongoing support. Our goal is to maximize coverage and keep premiums low. Our promise is to provide fast and efficient services utilizing the newest advancements in technology. At the Pendleton Insurance Center, we’re changing everything in becoming Eastern Oregon’s - First One Stop Insurance Shopping Center. Our highly trained staff with over 100 years of combined experience is equipped with the knowledge and products to allow you to place all your business in one location—with one phone number, one bill, and best of all, one trusted partner to call when you have any questions.

We are committed to providing you with something other insurance agencies can’t: peace of mind. You’ll feel peace of mind knowing you have the coverage you need to protect your income, your assets, your business and your family. We endeavor to provide the highest quality products to our customers, and to protect our clients’ lives in the present through their retirement. At the Pendleton Insurance Center, we are here to help our clients protect their current assets and offer them guidance, so they can continue to grow their assets in the future.

Craig Christianson

Craig Christianson is the agency principal and owner of the agency. Besides risk management, Craig’s passion is to help clients use tax-free strategies that will help them save on their taxes and generate tax-free income after retirement. He grew up in Pendleton, graduated Pendleton HS, and attended the University of Idaho, where he competed in both football and track and field. After college, Craig competed for the NY Athletic Club in preparation for the US Olympic Trials, where he became an alternate on the US Olympic Team. He is married to Sue Christianson, and they have 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren. Craig is an avid golfer and enjoys hunting, hiking, cycling, camping and family time. Sue is the owner of the local Farmers Insurance Agency in Pendleton. Sue was born and raised in Hermiston and graduated from Blue Mountain Community College. She enjoys horseback riding, her dogs, hiking, cycling, camping and family time. “We have great memories of our kids’ school years in Pendleton and our daughters are excited we’ve moved back. It’s fun showing our grandkids where their moms used to hang out.”

Craig’s – Office Phone: 541-276-1798 Email: [email protected]

Stephen Howell

Stephen Howell was born and raised in Hermiston. He married his wife Jubilee from Pendleton in 2007 and they now have two daughters. Stephen has worked in insurance since 2006. He started in auto, home, and life insurance and developed into a commercial lines producer working with over 800 commercial businesses in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Stephen and his family moved to Pendleton to be closer to family as they raise their children. He was a youth pastor for 6 years and has traveled the world leading trips of high schoolers to serve others. He is involved in leading worship at his church, is a Pendleton Chamber Committee member and is part of the Oregon Hunters Association. Stephen is passionate about the outdoors. He loves hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends.

Stephen’s – Office Phone: 541-276-9356 Email: [email protected]

Terry Becktold

Terry Becktold will be focused on the Medicare/Medicaid Supplements and life insurance. Terry was raised in Baker City. She loves spending time with her 3 children, her husband Chuck, and their 14 grandchildren. She enjoys outdoor activities like hunting, rafting, and hiking. Terry attended Southern Oregon College and was a Farmers Insurance agent for 21 years in Pendleton before selling her agency to the current owners. Her community work includes Airport Commissioner, Pendleton Air Museum Board Member, Oregon Hunters Association Board Member, and Chamber Committee member. She is active in her church and is an advisor to the Small Business Development Center at BMCC.

Terry’s - Office Phone: 541-276-0367 Email: [email protected]

Debbie Alger

Debbie Alger was born and raised in Pendleton. She has been married to her husband Gary for 25 years. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Debbie has worked in insurance and financial services for 19 years and will be focused on serving Medicare and life insurance needs. Debbie loves spending time with her family, traveling, running, cooking, and being outdoors. She is the camp cook for the Buckaroos for Christ Rodeo Bible Camp, which her husband Gary founded in Pendleton, and has been privileged to serve on four mission trips sponsored, by her church. Debbie loved growing up in Pendleton and looks forward to the opportunity to serve her local community.

Debbie’s – Office Phone: 541-377-0758 Email: [email protected]

Office Dog - Phil Mickelson

Our office dog Phil--named after one of our favorite professional golfers-- Phil Mickelson. Phil was left abandoned at a construction site on the Oregon Coast and given to us by Farmers’ agent Christine Thurman when he was just a puppy. He's lived with us in Roseburg, Redmond and now Pendleton. He's excited to be in Pendleton to see where his dad and mom come from and loves being the "boss" at the office. He loves meeting our clients so don't be afraid to stop by and say hi. You can find him at one of our offices but usually upstairs at the Farmers Insurance office because he has the tendency to favor mom.