It is with sadness that I must notify you of the death of
The Rev. Alan R. Johnson
Pastor Johnson died Monday, July 11, 2011. He was 64.
Alan R. Johnson was born September 14,1946. He graduated from Augsburg College in 1968; received his M.Div. from Northwestern Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 1972; and was ordained June 4, 1972. Pastor Johnson’s first call was to Grace Lutheran Church in McGregor and Bethel Lutheran Church in Palisade, MN from 1972-1975. He then served Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka, MN (1975-1978); House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Harvey, LA (pastor/mission developer 1978-1980 and pastor 1980-1984); Chaplain at Herbert Hospital in New Orleans, LA (1984-1987); Interim Pastor to Lutheran Church of the Galilean in LaPlace, LA (1986); Clinical Dir. at Cross Roads Christian Counseling Program in Slidell, LA (1987-1988); Interim Pastor, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA (1987-1988); Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA (1988-1990); Grace Lutheran Church in New Orleans, LA (1990-1991); Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Chalmette, LA (1991 -1993); Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti, MN (1993-1998); Interim Pastor to Grace and Emmanuel Lutheran Churches in Sandstone, MN (1998-1999); Interim Pastor to First Lutheran Church in Brainerd, MN (2000); Interim Pastor to Hope Lutheran Church in Moose Lake, MN (2001); Interim Pastor to Emanuel Lutheran Church in Bock, MN (2002).
Following his retirement in 2003, Pastor Johnson served as: Interim Pastor to Trinity Lutheran Church in Cass Lake, MN (2002-2004); Interim Pastor to Bigfork and Effie Lutheran Churches in Bigfork and Effie, MN (2004); Interim Pastor to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Brunswick near Hinckley, MN (2005). He had been serving First Lutheran Church in Bemidji as visitation pastor since 2007.
Pastor Johnson was a Licensed Professional Mental Health Counselor and served in this capacity in a number of settings throughout his ministry.
Pastor Johnson is survived by his wife, Janet; his four children Nathan, Sarah, David and Jennifer and four grandchildren. Please remember his family in your prayers. Cards may be mailed to 3900 Irvine NW, Lot 737, Bemidji, MN 56601.
A celebration of Pastor Johnson’s life and faith will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Clergy are invited to vest in red and process. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service.
Thanks be to God for the power of the Resurrection!
Bishop Thomas M. Aitken
July 11, 2011