The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Johnson resigns as bishop

Craig E. Johnson resigned as bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod to lead Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, in the interim following the death of its pastor, Paul M. Youngdahl.

Johnson, who had previously served Mount Olivet for 14 years, said it "includes many institutions ancillary to the congregation, which employs 800-900. It's therefore critical that this transition is smooth so the continuity of the congregation's mission is ensured. ... I'm in a unique place of having hundreds of relationships with members ... to build a foundation for helping the staff and people heal from this trauma and move the congregation forward in its mission."


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