Pastor Norma E. Johnson was ordained in 1987. After receiving her M. Div. from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, NY, she completed post-graduate courses at Philadelphia and Gettysburg Lutheran Seminaries. She served as pastor at two congregations, St. John’s Lutheran in upstate (Penn Yan,) New York and Hope Lutheran in Port St. Lucie in south Florida. She retired from Hope Lutheran in 1999 and then served as a hospice chaplain at Hospice of the Treasure Coast, Fort Pierce, FL for several years. Before her ordination, she served three years as the protestant chaplain on the campus of Corning Community College in Corning, New York.
Pastor Norma has served on many teams for the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the ELCA. She has served as interim pastor to nine congregations over the years which she has enjoyed.
In 2015, Pastor Norma moved to Tennessee to be near her family.
Pastor Norma’s strengths are preaching and administration. She seeks to preach in a manner that makes one think about the text and how it applies to our everyday living. In administration, she seeks to enable congregations to develop and pursue mission, ministry, and methods for doing ministry in efficient and fruitful ways. She states, “I enjoy working with people and helping them to spread the Good News, in words as well as in ways, hopefully, filled with wisdom.”