“Tomorrow’s Teachers & Preachers” continues today by highlighting Deaconess Ministry. Deaconesses share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the Christian faith. They can serve in missions, congregations, and other organizations like hospitals, retirement communities, and more.
So let us introduce you to Deaconess Mireya Johnson who teaches theology at Lutheran High School South (LuSo) in St. Louis. She has her M.A. from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne and was colloquized at Concordia, Chicago. She's been in ministry for over 20 years, which includes serving in Latin America, Indiana, Alabama, and now Missouri.
Here is her story:
“I grew up in a Christian home with really devout parents. They were the best example of service to the church. They have always served the church and their neighbor in a loving way. Growing up in this environment gave me a love for church and service.
There have been several people that have really made a positive impact in my life as a church worker. My husband, Rev. Dr. Ross Johnson encouraged me to serve as a deaconess. I was also impacted by Deaconess Kristin Wassilak, one of my professors at CUC. Deac. Wassilak taught me what it means to be a deaconess and the unique service she brings to the church. She also encouraged me throughout my internship in Latin America as I navigated church work and mission work. Lastly, several professors at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne gave me a deep love and respect for our Lutheran doctrine. These professors did an excellent job at teaching me what Lutheran spirituality is, about our rich Lutheran history, and why being faithful to our Lutheran theology really matters.
The encouragement and Lutheran teaching I got from these church workers has led me to the place where I am now. I love teaching high schoolers about the Word of God. It is a privilege to serve the church through my call at LuSo. To be able to teach young adults about the Word of God, what it means to be a Christian, to give them the Gospel, and to prepare them as they go out into the world is priceless. Thank God for the faithful men and women that have guided me along the way.”