Paul Johansson

Senior Pastor

Paul.Johansson@clcelkriver.org
763.270.1128. ext.228

Paul has served as Central’s lead Pastor since 2002. Prior to being called to Central Paul served as a Pastor in St. Cloud, MN., Manchester, CT., and Charlotte, N.C. Paul and his wife, Martha, have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of two adults sons and a daughter-in-law, Stephen (Martha) and Andrew. Paul’s childhood was spent in Tanzania and Ethiopia as part of a missionary family.  He is forever grateful for the gift of Jesus Christ that his parents gave him. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in South Minneapolis, the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute, the University of Minnesota and Luther Seminary.  He enjoys gardening, jogging, traveling and reading. His prayer is that he will finish well as a follower of Jesus. He suggests that to finish well is to love Jesus more at the end of his life than at the beginning. Philippians 3:10 is one of his life verses and he hopes more than anything else that Jesus Christ will be honored and glorified in and through the body of Central.