Pastor, John Johnston
Pastor John has been in Maine since 1987, when he came to be the pastor at Cambridge Baptist Church. He ministered there for over ten years and then served another seven years with Mission Northeast. In that role he served as a pastor to our pastors in Maine and was a resource to our churches who needed outside help.
Before his call to pastoral ministry in the 1970's, he was a foreign language teacher (Spanish and French) in Iowa. In 1973 he was part of a church plant in Iowa City, Iowa that had a strong focus on the University of Iowa campus. As the church grew, John was asked to join the pastoral staff to focus on campus outreach and discipleship. During those ten years on staff at Good News, he began his formal academic training toward a formal seminary degree. When the time came to finish his seminary training he went to Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, where he got an M.Div. in 1987.
During recent years Pastor John has received advanced training in conflict resolution from Peacemaker Ministries. This training has equipped him to have a ministry of counseling and mediation both with individuals in conflict and churches that have been damaged by unresolved conflict. This is the Biblical material that he often teaches on overseas mission trips.
He has been on mission trips to Africa ten times, as well as to Canada, India, Haiti and Cuba. His passion on these trips is to provide church leadership with practical theological training in areas where the nationals have very limited opportunity to obtain formal training.
Although he finds great joy in serving New Hope as their pastor, his greatest joy, apart from his relationship with Jesus Christ, is to see his children and grandchildren growing in their love for Jesus and seeing them serving Him, the Great King of Kings!