Pastor Josh Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Being a pastor is still new to me, and not because this is my first call. I grew up in the Lutheran tradition, and never entertained the idea of being a pastor. I was raised on the family farm in north central Iowa. After high school, I continued on the “working with my hands” path by studying to be a machinist, before joining the Air Force as a B-52 Crew Chief. While fixing planes, I studied engineering and eventually took a job with a steel tube manufacturer. This landed me in the Tulsa, OK area where I met my now wife Shannon. This is all to say, how the heck did I wind up here?
Shannon and I were youth leaders when I first received the call to ministry through my pastor asking if I’d ever considered it. I dismissed it at first, but the idea kept returning to me. So we decided to go for it, and 6 months after we were married I began seminary. Despite my diverse path to becoming a pastor, I feel the journey is serving me well. With everyone I met, I got the opportunity to learn from one of God’s children, I was able to witness their life’s joys and sorrows, and I ultimately walked with them in this chaotic thing we call life. This is what Jesus did, and what I believe we are all called to do to.
This is the daily joy I experience in being called to be a minister in Christ’s church. We all experience, both privately and together, the journey of faith and its ups and downs. The beauty through it all is the unquestionable presence of God’s grace for you and for me. Despite ourselves, God loves us unconditional and delivers us through the chaos. And the cherry on top is that God invites us to participate in the work God is already doing throughout the world.
My closest partners in God’s work are my wife Shannon, who is a Deacon at Faith Lutheran, and our two sons, Noah and Jonah. Together, with the people of Faith Lutheran, we serve the Little Rock’s midtown area in the name of Christ through our Lutheran lens’ of God’s abundant grace for all!