Pastor Brian Johnsen
Pastor Brian Johnsen was born into a faithful Christian home with 5 kids just outside of Princeton, NJ. He grew up in sub-Saharan West Africa while his parents were medical missionaries among some of the world’s poorest people. He earned his undergraduate degree in Forest Management at the University of Maine, Orono, where he met his wife Kristen at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Besides growing up in Africa, Brian has also served on missions teams to Haiti, Honduras, New York City, and Philadelphia.
After college, Brian began involvement with church ministry with Weare Christian Church working with the youth group, which he helped to lead for 5 years. During that time, he felt God pushing him towards seminary to be better trained to help others in their walk with God. With the support of the church leaders, the congregation, and family, Brian and Kristen moved their family to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where he earned his M.Div. degree in May 2011. Weare Christian Church called
Brian to be Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministries in July 2011. In the summer of 2013, Countryside Community Church asked Weare Christian Church to release Brian from ministry in order to serve as part-time interim pastor following the resignation of their long-standing pastor of 13 years. Countryside Church called Brian as permanent pastor in February 2014. As a bi-vocational pastor, Brian has been working as a private consulting forester with individuals and towns in NH and MA since
Brian and Kristen currently have 6 daughters, 4 of whom were adopted through NH foster care system, two with special medical needs. The Johnsen family was licensed for foster care through the State of NH in the fall of 2012 and enjoys helping children as God brings them into their home. They began homeschooling their first daughter in kindergarten to allow for more “Mommy time” at home for the girls and have stuck with it ever since. The family enjoys swimming, hiking, and biking in the summer and snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter. Throughout the year the family also enjoys playing reading, board games, and watching the girls’ ballet dancing.
Elder Roger Langlois
Roger was born and raised in Connecticut to a Roman Catholic family and attended Catholic school through the 8th grade, and then attended public high school and the University of Connecticut. After school he worked in various jobs until the military draft came calling, at which point he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. After 4 years in the military, including one year in Vietnam, he worked at various jobs until becoming a licensed home improvement contractor, retiring in 2014.
Roger’s faith walk began with Roman Catholicism, including parochial school instruction, service as an altar boy, and immersion in Roman Catholic doctrine with little understanding of the Gospel, but a good foundation in moral behavior and a belief in a Creator God.
By the time he was discharged from the military, Roger had drifted away from all church attendance and could best be described as “spiritual driftwood.” He believed in God, but wasn’t sure how that related to his life. He met his wife, Noelle, in 1990 and she invited him to her church in Cheshire, CT, where he heard the Gospel preached correctly for the first time; that is, salvation by grace through faith in atonement through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He immediately immersed himself in Bible study and instruction, eventually being baptized, becoming a member, and serving as an elder for 3 years.
After retirement, Roger and Noella moved to the beautiful state of New Hampshire and are now living in Hillsborough. They have attended Countryside Community Church full time since moving here, having attended this church on visits to family for several years. They have also been volunteers at His Mansion Ministries in Deering, a Christ-centered care center for young people with additions and other issues.
Elder Don Ducharme
Don was born and raised in Massachusetts, the youngest of four children to a Catholic father and Protestant mother; he attended a Roman Catholic Church. He grew up in a home where hard work, family and moral values were important but Church was only important to attend first communion, Easter and Christmas. He attended High School in Massachusetts, after graduation the family moved to Colorado where he attended college and lived for 7 years. After college Don moved back to Massachusetts and got a job with New England Telephone, working for them in different jobs and many name changes until 2013.
Don had always felt a tug on him not knowing it was God calling him, and thought that he was generally a good person. During these times of prodding he did not know that apart from Jesus he could never atone for his sins, and that he could not be reconciled to God on his own, but that all changed when he went to visit a friend from Colorado who moved to Minnesota. That trip changed his life, his friend was now a Christian and when Don attended church services while visiting, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1987. Since then he has grown in the Lord, knowing that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that apart from Jesus no one is reconciled to God the Father. It is through faith in Christ alone that we are saved and not by our works.
In 1989 Don met his future wife Peggy while both worked for the phone company, they were married in 1992. He moved to her residence in New Hampshire after the wedding and they have lived in various locations throughout the state, (Pembroke, Pelham, Whitefield and Hopkinton) also being involved in different churches. Don was an Assistant Vice President - Branch Manager for a local bank while living in Whitefield and was involved on different Board of Directors for two non-Profits.
Don has been involved in many aspects of church leadership and teaching, from discipleship, home groups, bible studies, Sunday school and as a Deacon. Don is currently the President of a non-profit located in Dalton, NH called Harbinger Bible Conference, he was the former Treasurer of the Bible Conference. Harbinger was also the place where Don and Peggy got married, it was established by Peggy's grandfather Earl Waterman; he was a well-known evangelist from Maine to Florida speaking mainly in the eastern part of the United States.
Don currently resides in Hopkinton with his wife, and works for Consolidated Communications in Manchester as the Regional manager in the Customer Facing Network Operations Center. He was asked to be an Elder in 2018 and was voted by the congregation into that position in January 2019.
In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, sports, camping, Bible reading/studying, listening to sermons on CD's during the drive to/from work, attending church activities as well as his involvement with Harbinger Bible Conference.