Who is Mark David Johnson? So glad you asked!
I grew up in Cranston RI. I started playing piano at age 3 and studied organ at age 12. In addition to serving as minister of music in a number of congregations in RI, I also worked as a musical director for a few theatre companies. In 2010 I moved to Germany, where I finished my undergraduate degree and travelled extensively throughout Europe.
And then, there’s faith.
Running through that narrative is a story of faith. I had always felt a nudge toward ministry in some way, but figured I could run from it – after all, it’s not normal or cool to believe in anything, right? I was an accomplished organist and pianist, so maybe that’s what God wants me to do. Of course, as an openly queer person, there would be stumbling blocks in doing anything more than that.
Regardless, through a number of doors closing and windows opening while moving from Rhode Island to Florida to Baden-Württemberg, I began discerning my call to ordained ministry in the ELCA. Almost on a whim, I applied to the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, was accepted, and began coursework the following semester.
As I continued to discern the call to ministry, my life turned upside-down. I learnt a lot about myself and about my faith. I realized that I could never be normal or cool – but I could be me. And now, I feel more at home in my own life than ever before.
In November 2015, the people of St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Trenton, NJ called me to serve as their vicar. I currently live in Hamilton, NJ with my husband Ian, who serves as pastor of St Mark Lutheran Church.
And then, there’s me.
I am not like other Christians. I am not like other LGBT folks. I am not like the rest of the world. But throughout my journey I have learnt to seek God in unusual places. And I’ve made it my goal to tell others about God’s love for all people.
So, that’s Mark David Johnson. Welcome to this blog – a collection of anecdotes, discussion starters, and stories of faith. Take a look around. Comment on things. Check out my music. Follow me on Twitter. Tell me your story. But most of all, keep looking for those places where God is making all things new.