The Rev. Paul Johnson defines his ministry in the words of Ephesians 2:8-10.

“The basic tenet of this scripture is trust in Jesus Christ,” Johnson said. “Because of the sacrifice of his death and resurrection, I am made righteous, and I want to proclaim that message.”

Pastor Johnson grew up in Idaho Falls and attended services at Hope Lutheran Church. Though there were a few years where worship attendance took a backseat, the Holy Spirit continued to remind him that a relationship with God needed to be a priority. The pull toward a stronger faith began to intensify during a short stint in the Navy as a data technician.

“In boot camp, a friend, whose father was a Baptist minister, gave me a Bible. I was confirmed in the Lutheran faith while stationed in South Carolina,” Johnson said. “I would drive past a church there every day and feel drawn toward it.”

After receiving a medical retirement from the service, Johnson moved to Pocatello completing a masters degree in business administration from Idaho State University in 1996, he went on to start his own computer consulting company. Though successful and an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, there was a desire to do more.

“While a member at Grace, I was also doing some lay ministry work at Hope Lutheran in Soda Springs,” he said. “It was at this point I decided to go to seminary.”

Johnson completed a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 2004. He and his wife, Florence, then moved to California to serve a congregation in Georgetown. They moved again in 2008 to Bethel Lutheran Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, before coming to Filer.

Florence, who was raised in Nampa and Pocatello, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and certification as a Director of Christian Education, from Concordia College in Seward, Neb. The couple have three grown sons.

“Before marrying Paul in 1984, I always figured I’d work in an urban setting,” Florence Johnson said. “I realized I wasn’t very good at dividing myself between work and the needs of our boys, so mostly I’ve done volunteer work in schools.”

Johnson brings an emphasis on preaching, teaching and visitation to his congregational ministry in Filer.

“This is a fellowship of believers, people who can struggle in faith,” he said. “All Christians are called to proclaim the gospel, so we’ll focus on word and sacrament, while letting the spirit guide us.”