Rev. Russell Johnson

The Rev. Russell Johnson became the Pastor at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church on March 29th of 2020.   He previously served at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Clinton Twp. Mi. as Sr. Pastor from 2014-2020 and at Trinity Lutheran Church in Nashville Illinois where from 2009-2011 he was called as Associate Pastor and Principal and then to Senior Pastor from 2011-2014.

Pastor Johnson rejoices that God has called him into a congregation which delights in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all and supports that ministry with prayer and resources and has a continual commitment to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people through the means of grace; God’s Holy Word and His Sacraments (The Lord’s Supper and Holy Baptism).

Rev. George Hamilton (Emeritus Pastor)

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George holds a Master of Divinity and has been in pastoral ministry since 1986 following a 15 year business career that included serving as Corporate Counsel and later VP of Finance and Administration.

He says his closest friend and strongest advisor is his wife Mary Ann. They married in 1964 and have 4 adult children plus 8 grandchildren.

He continues to enjoy preaching and teaching and is fascinated to discover why we humans believe what we believe and think what we think. Often the keys to answering those questions are rooted in our individual and collective history. He believes that studying history gives great insight into what will happen next. 

Rev. John Panning  (Emeritus Pastor)Pastor Panning Photo2

John has served in the LCMS ministry for 63 years and was a pilot for the Lutheran Association of Missionary Pilots (LAMP) serving Saskatchewan, Canada and Nome, Alaska.

John is a Minnesotan by birth and married Helen (Lueth) of Minneapolis. 

Following retirement, John also served in Eastern Russia, Jamaica, and West Indies assisting start-up Lutheran churches. He has been with the Civil Air Patrol for 25 years as a Chaplain and holds the rank of Lt. Colonel.