Pastor David M. Johnson
Pastor Johnson was raised in International Falls, Minnesota. He went on to college at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he attained his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Arts and then attended Concordia Theologial Seminary of Fort Wayne, Indiana. (LCMS) He graduated in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree.
Post college, Pastor married his college sweetheart Jill. After serving about 11 years between a few churches in the midwest states, Pastor Johnson was called by the Minnesota North District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod as a Mission Developer in June 1997. He began splitting his time helping at Lord of Glory and making mission calls to the Becker area. On March 1st 1998 Grace Lutheran Church held its first worship service in Becker at the Becker Community Center (122 people in attendance.)
He has been faithfully serving the Lord here at Grace for over 20 years now! We appreciate his uniqueness in inspiring us to serve and his dedication to digging into the Word to truly establish a relationship with the Lord; we are very blessed to have Pastor Dave as our Shepherd!
David and Jill have lived in Becker for 21 years, they have been married over 35 years. Pastor's hobbies include: In-line marathon races, Spring turkey hunting, creating art - various mediums, Reading, close to finishing a doctorate in Mission and ministry. Son Peter, (wife Steph) and sons Lucas and Grant live in Rochester, NY. Daughter Allison, (husband Chris) live in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Pastor LOVES to read; here are a few of his Favorite Books:
"Day by Day We magnify Thee" - Dailying reading of Martin Luther's comments on varous Scriptures. "Uprising" by Erwin McManus. "Not a Fan" by Kyle Idleman. "Bonhoeffer: A Bography" by Eric Metaxas. "Cost of Discipleship" by D. Bonhoeffer. "Joseph" by Charles Swindoll. "Worldwiews" by Anthony J. Steinbronn. "Exposition of Isaiah "by H.C.Leupold. "The Passion of Jesus Christ" by John Piper. "The Sacred Romance" by John Eldredge. "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. "Thirsting for God" by Gary Thomas. "Weird" by Greg Groeschel.