Serving as outreach and young adult pastor, it’s no surprise Pastor Chris Johnson wears many hats while speaking the good news of Jesus – both within St. Mark and the greater community. He oversees Faith in Action service projects, and connects people to resources to take their faith to a deeper level. He also takes pride to oversee C.A.R.E, the active young adult group at St. Mark, as well a campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Norbert College, among other responsibilities. If you frequent Starbucks, you’re bound to see Pastor Chris. It’s one of his favorite spots to connect with those who may not know Jesus. Over a cup of coffee, Pastor Chris is honored to introduce people to the most important relationship they’ll ever have. “I love seeing others transformed by God’s love,” he says. Speaking of amazing relationships, Pastor Chris and his wife, Jamie, recently celebrated 14 years of marriage. Those 14 years have been full of love – and oftentimes chaos – as they’re richly blessed with four active boys: Kyler, Brady, Ryan and Aidan. When not at work, Pastor Chris loves to play with his kids, stay in for a lazy night at home or go out for date-night with Jamie. He also runs, reads and works on the yard.
As lead pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Dr. John Parlow is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the ministry, also serving as its main preacher. He came to St. Mark in 1994. Pastor Parlow will tell you, he “never gets tired of sharing God’s work and watching lives change.” Pastor Parlow and his wife, Lydia, have been married for 28 years. The couple is blessed with three sons: Luke, Micah and Seth. And the Parlow family doesn’t stop at five – Pastor John and Lydia serve as foster parents for abandoned dogs. “We always seem to be getting another one!” he professes. Visit Pastor Parlow’s office and you’ll find he’s an avid reader, usually juggling multiple books at once. He likes to read about the apologetics, cultural trends and leadership. His other interests include pistol shooting, martial arts and craft beers. What might you not know about Pastor Parlow? “Although I spend a lot of time in front of crowds of people, I am a pretty private person,” he says.