Rev. Kathi Johnson (Associate Pastor)
Pastor Kathi was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and moved to Austin, Texas as a child. She spent most of her youth and adult life living in either Austin or Houston (with stints in Denver, Milwaukee, and southern New Hampshire). She completed her undergraduate degree in Church Music with an emphasis in choral conducting as well as a Certificate of Secondary Education at Concordia University in Austin. Her first career was teaching history, music, and religion in Lutheran schools.
Pastor Kathi studied at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) in Austin, serving her internship year at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Killeen, Texas. She finished her Master of Divinity Degree at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in 2010. Her first call was at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth. In 2020, Pastor Kathi finished her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree through the ACTS program in Chicago. As part of her doctoral work, she launched Digital Gathering, an online ministry that is a place to explore spirituality through Scripture, prayer, and reflection.
In 2018, Pastor Kathi was called to serve as an Associate Pastor at Zion. Her focus areas for ministry include planning creative and meaningful worship, working with the Stephen Ministry program, and social media. On her days off, you’ll often find her baking, writing, swimming, or practicing yoga. She and her husband, Steve, enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family, and spoiling their two schnauzers, Charlie and Abby. You can contact Pastor Kathi at firstname.lastname@example.org.