Positive Attitude

Diane Johnson has been the head organist at Zion since 1998, working with 12 different Zion pastors over the years.

I’ve enjoyed playing the organ at Zion. Music doesn’t really change but I get to work with a lot of different personalities. The Zion community has such a positive attitude that you can’t help but put a smile on your face and keep praising the Lord. 

Diane has also served as organist at Bethlehem Lutheran in Middleville Township, St James Lutheran in Howard Lake, Zion Lutheran in Annandale, Concordia Lutheran in Fair Haven, as well as substitute organist at many churches.

In recent years her health has restricted her activity, and she thinks of her confirmation verse, Isaiah 54:10,

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken.

Lately, big hills and sometimes mountains have become part of my life. But God is there and a husband who keeps saying I can do it. Some things don’t happen anymore, like gardening, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, but I can still teach piano, play the organ and volunteer at care center sing-alongs.

Diane has been married to Glen Johnson for 33 years, and they have 3 children. Ted lives in St Paul, is the building supervisor for McNally Smith College (formerly Music Tech), and has a daughter, Destyne, who is in third grade at Vadnais Heights Elementary. Tom lives in Cokato and is a staff accountant for Fireway in Minnetonka. Tara lives in St Paul Park with her husband Ben. Tara works at Concordia University in St. Paul and Ben teaches skiing at Buck Hill and Giants Ridge in winter and sprays for mosquitoes with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control in summer.

We are proud that all three have their own properties and live close by.

Diane and Glen milked cows and raised corn, alfalfa and soybeans between Howard Lake and Annandale until 2007 when Glen was unable to continue farming due to a herniated disk in his neck.  Glen now works for Centra Sota Cooperative.