Pastor Mark Johnson was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1957 as the youngest of four children. His father was a pastor in the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and Mark grew up in the church. In his growing up years, his family moved to Moose Lake and then to Duluth (both in Minnesota). From there, Mark and his parents moved to Rice Lake, Wisconsin, where he graduated from High School in 1975. He went to Barron County Junior College in Rice Lake for two years and then transferred to Augsburg College in Minneapolis, graduating with a degree in Philosophy in 1979. He took a few years off to work and then enrolled in Luther Seminary in St. Paul, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1986.
On January 11, 1987, Pastor Mark was ordained by his father and brother (both Lutheran pastors) and installed in his first call, the two point parish of Our Savior’s and Little Bethany Lutheran churches in Rothsay, Minnesota. In 1988, both churches joined the newly formed Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Pastor Mark served these congregations for twelve years until accepting the call to come to St. John Lutheran in Belle Plaine in November of 1998. Pastor Mark’s wife, Suzanne, is a registered nurse and they have three grown sons.
Pastor Mark enjoys all aspects of parish ministry, especially leading worship, preaching, teaching, and reaching out to old and new members alike at St. John to provide pastoral care. In his free time, he likes to read, exercise, ride bicycle, play frisbee, watch the Twins and play the piano.
Pastor Mark Johnson