Ken Johnson, PastorPastorLarge

I grew up in the town of Benson, a small, rural community in the west-central part of Minnesota. Trinity Lutheran Church was a tremendously supportive community of faith for our family. This small congregation was the center of our social and spiritual life. 

  During summer vacations when I was in high school, I was hired to work on grounds maintenance and eventually as a lifeguard at a Bible camp. The contact I had with camping pastors and missionaries made a deep and lasting impression on me and started me thinking about becoming a pastor.


Upon graduation from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, I decided to see the “rest of the world” before continuing my education at a seminary. I was given the opportunity through a work/study program in East Africa with the Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service. While there, I gained exposure to a host of international issues such as: community development, refugee protection, international relief, and regional politics.


I could go on and on recalling a host of dates, names, facts and places that have made a lasting impressing on me and contributed to “who I am”.

  • I am the husband of Charlene (retired Registered Nurse). We have been married for 48 years.
  • I am the father of two fine, adult children and grandfather to five delightful grandchildren.
  • I have over 45 years of experience as a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • I have a great interest and commitment to global ministry.
  • I have the experience of many very different pastoral settings.

These important, challenging, and generally pleasurable facts are an indication of “who I am.” The significant and comforting fact, however, is not “who I am”, but “WHOSE” I am.” To this I confidently respond, “I am a child of God!” I truly believe that God loved me (and you) so much that He sent His son into the midst of this troubled world to announce and assure my (and your) salvation. As a child of God, I have been called to serve Him through leadership in His Church. This I believe, and this I proclaim.

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