Pastor Denny Johnson, born in 1958, was raised in central Minnesota south of the little town of Motley. His family attended the Lincoln Evangelical Free Church during his formative years.
He graduated from Motley High School in 1976, from Brainerd Community College in 1978, and from Bethel College in Arden Hills in 1980, where he majored in Political Science.
After a bid for state representative in his home district in central Minnesota fell short he entered seminary, graduating from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois in 1983.
He served as pastor of the Burns Evangelical Free Church near Elk River Minnesota from 1983 to 1992. In August of 1992 he accepted a call from the Annandale Free Church where he has served since.
Pastor Denny and his wife Sue have 4 daughters: Bethany, Anna, Carrie, and Kelly.