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.