Louise Johnson: Executive for Administration

Chicago, IL – Louise Johnson, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has been named Executive for Administration. Johnson most recently served as the Director of Leadership Development for LEAD, a leadership development nonprofit of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the ELCA. Prior to her work with LEAD, she was President of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, where she led the seminary to its largest fundraising and enrollment years in the history of the school. Johnson has also held several senior-level roles at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and has served congregations in a variety of roles in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Pennsylvania.

Johnson has spent much of her time in the ELCA on leadership development. During her years in Philadelphia, she cultivated an interest in organizational leadership, including completing the Certificate in Leadership and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Johnson continues to teach, speak and consult in change leadership in church organizations.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.