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. During that time, Brian mentored at Middleton Congregational Church serving with their Middle School youth group. Weare Christian Church chose to call 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. As a bi-vocational pastor, Brian has been working as a private consulting forester with individuals and towns in NH and MA since 2001.
Brian and Kristen have 2 daughters, Lauren and Megan, two adopted daughters Emily and Aubrie and a little black dog named Molly. The family enjoys swimming at the lake, hiking, and biking in the summer and snowboarding and snowshoeing in the winter. Throughout the year the family also enjoys playing indoor board games and watching the girls’ ballet dancing. They began homeschooling Lauren in kindergarten to allow for more “Mommy time” at home for the girls and have stuck with it ever since. The Johnsen family was licensed for foster care through the State of NH in the fall of 2012 and eagerly looks forward to helping children as God brings them into their home.