Pastor Bob Johnson
Lead Pastor

Patti and I have been married 34 years and love serving together.  I was raised in the Chicago area and she was raised in the LA area and we met, of all places, in Iowa!  We raised three boys in Southern California and one has stayed in the warmth while the other two have moved to Minnesota and Iowa.  We are crazy about our two grand-boys and we always keep enough four legged critters around the house to keep us hopping.

 How did you come to First?

Patti and I answered God’s call to come to First.  We left southern California for Iowa with two dogs, cat, bird and a mother-in-law!  We are here at God’s leading after spending most of our married life in SoCal.  We are thrilled to be here and to be a part of what God is doing at First.

What do you love most about your job?

I really love God and I really love people — helping people get more deeply connected to God and His mission is an adventure.  Sometimes there are rocks on the road, but to observe the great things God does along the way makes it all worthwhile!

Other than Jesus, who has had the most impact on your life?

When someone teaches you to live a life of ‘grace stacked on grace’ and be a man with a ‘healing heart’ and lets you know that you are ‘blessed to be a blessing’ and then models these ideals perfectly — that is impactful.  That person is Pastor Harold Korver.

What is something that people don’t know about you?

That is a hard question as my life is a pretty open book — like I love the Chicago Cubs, am always in pursuit of the next great place to eat ice cream; have a big voice, but a face for radio; like to place disc golf, date my wife and eat salt and vinegar potato chips.

What is one of your most satisfying moments?

Walking up the concrete stairwell only to see the beauty and the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

What is your favorite food?

A Chicago hot dog from Portillos.
An Italian Beef from Portillos.
Fried eggplant from my wife’s frying pan.

Who are your favorite musicians?

I love music.  My musical collection shows my many varied tastes in music.  I love worship music and love the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and love Southern Gospel and Black Gospel.  I love Broadway songs.  I love listening to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.  I love Bach and can even Handel some Pachelbel.  I love the Carpenters, Barry Manilow and can even belt out some Adele.  Ok, so I don’t have time to mention the Beatles or Chicago or Boston or Kansas or U2 or Steely Dan, so I will just leave this specific eclectic list as is.