“Life is a gift … so spend time with the Giver.” These were some of the thoughtful words of our newest presbytery member, Dr. Harry Johnson, as he shared his faith journey with the Examinations Commission last week. If you attend the May Stated Presbytery Meeting, you will have an opportunity to meet Harry and his wife Christine, who moved to the Palm Coast area last year. His name will be added to our pulpit supply list (on our website) very soon.
Harry comes to us from the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. He is a native Minnesotan and grew up five hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, where temperatures of “40 below” in the winter are not unusual. Faith was awakened in him as a young man, and he began preaching in high school.
Harry met his wife at the University of Minnesota when they were playing roles in a musical production. Christine and Harry married while he was in seminary at Princeton.
Ordained in 1971, Harry served the Rock Prairie United Presbyterian Church in Janesville, Wisconsin (west of Milwaukee) for 29 years. During that time, he received a D. Min. from McCormick. Before retiring in 2010, Harry served The Peoples Church (a multi-denominational church) in East Lansing, Michigan for about 10 years.
That church has had ties with four denominations for its 100 year history: American Baptist, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), United Church of Christ, and the United Methodist Church. In both of his calls, Harry was community-oriented, including service on the board (and chairing annual campaigns) of the United Way.
Harry and Christine have two daughters and love to travel. He described a quote in a frame on one of the walls of their home: “Make the Best of Every Situation.” They look forward to the surprises and challenges that lie ahead as they continue to enjoy their new life in Florida, “a life worth living, one intertwining Faith and Life.”