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Interim Minister Tim Johnson
Interim Pastor
Tim Johnson
earned his Degree from
The University of Dubuque
Theological Seminary


About Rev. Tim Johnson . . .

     A Nebraskan by birth (1950), having grown up in Colorado until senior year, then graduating from Norwalk, Iowa in 1969; I have always been in homes active with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). College years were interrupted by military service, then graduation from The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 1980.

      A few years later, I reentered the U.S. military as an Army National Guard chaplain. In 2004, with twenty years complete, I retired. 

     With our two sons, Christopher and Eric, my wife, Mary Kay and I lived in Troy Mills, Mason City, and Adel as our sons grew up and I served Disciple congregations. In the late 1990’s we moved to Michigan for Mary Kay’s education at MSU while I served interim positions. 

     After serving a rural church in Illinois, we returned to Norwalk to be closer to family and in 2015, I retired from the Christian Church in Perry. Since that I have been serving Christian Churches as interim minister in Oskaloosa, Des Moines (Wakonda), and Mitchellville.

    Hobbies include reading, music for my own enjoyment, our Golden Retriever, Dory, an old sports car, and visiting family.

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Child Care
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Disciples of Christ History
      The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded in the early 1800s in the United States. Seeking to move beyond denominational disagreements, the founders envisioned a united church of Jesus Christ modeled on the New Testament. Disciple congregations today share these characteristics:
 * Each congregation is self-governing and calls its own pastor.
 * Worship services may be formal or informal, and include lay women and men in leadership.
 * Open discussion of issues is encouraged. Diversity of opinion is common.
 * We are growing in racial and ethnic diversity. 
       Disciples affirm that Jesus Christ is the son of the Living God, and offers saving grace to all. Disciples also believe that all persons are children of God. Disciples practices and beliefs include:

Open Communion
- The Lord's Supper, or Communion, is celebrated in weekly worship. It is open to all who believe in Jesus Christ.

Freedom of Belief
- Disciples are called together around one essential of faith: belief in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Persons are free to follow their consciences guided by the Bible, the Holy Spirit, study and prayer, and are expected to extend that freedom to others.

Baptism by Immersion
- In baptism the old self-centered life is set aside, and a new life of trust in God begins. Although Disciples practice baptism by immersion, other baptism traditions are honored.

Belief in the Oneness of the Church
- All Christians are called to be one in Christ and to seek opportunities for common witness and service.

The Ministry of Believers
- Both ministers and lay persons lead in worship, service, and spiritual growth.
The symbol of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a red chalice, emblazoned with a white St. Andrew's cross. The chalice symbolizes the central place of communion in worship. The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism.
Spreading GOD’s
with YOU!

Good Things from You and Me

     How will we best use the “new year” which we have started? Such a question requires that we evaluate 2019 if we are going to make note of our utilization of the fresh months of 2020. Self-evaluation is not a fun task, for we sometimes tend to be harder on ourselves than others might be. Such evaluation wonders about the future, not the past. If I can get beyond the material things I’d like, or the weight I’d like to lose, or the improved manner in which I could use my time—if I can pass those egocentric views of life, perhaps I can stumble upon what Jesus would have me do.

     The Gospel of Luke, chapter 6, verses 43-45 reveals a bit of what our Savior thinks we might actually contribute to 2020. “A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. Every tree is known by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes. A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in their heart. A bad person brings bad out of their treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:43-45, TEV).

     A couple days ago, I shoveled our driveway in the bitter cold. I didn’t want to, but it had to be cleared and our snow blower wouldn’t start. It was enough to make a preacher cuss!  If you had to shovel that day, you know there was a crust of icy snow on top of the softer snow, and then a layer of ice beneath the snow. It wasn’t easy or fun. And you know what city snowplows do at the end of the driveway, don’t you?

     I finished, then looked across the street at Jim’s driveway. Jim is always out before me and getting his drive done, then helping older folks in the neighborhood. But Jim was sick. So, it occurred to me that I could shovel Jim’s driveway. Did I mention it was bitter cold, icy, and that it was a difficult snow to shovel? Also, I didn’t want to shovel anymore! But it would be the right thing to do, so I did it.

     Don’t think I was being nice, for I was reluctant, and the Lord knows my thoughts. I like doing neighbor’s areas if my snow blower is working. Shoveling? Not so much. Yet I wonder if that’s not the kind of situation Jesus is asking us to consider. “A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in their heart.” Perhaps you and I are expected to add good things to our world in 2020. Maybe that’s what Jesus is asking.

     In our future of 2020, maybe we can please our Lord and Savior by bringing good things out of our faithful hearts and minds. Good things that reflect the love of God for us. Maybe big things—maybe little things—but good things. We can do this!

     By the way, after it was all done, I felt good about sharing the little bit I could share.

See you Sunday, Tim Johnson

Capitol Hill Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) * 3322 E. 25th Street * Des Moines, IA 50317

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