When Rev. Curtis R. Johnson accepted a call to pastor at Grace Evangelical Church in Strathcona, Minn., it brought him to about a half hour west of where his grandparents, Ole and Signe Kittelson, who immigrated from Norway over a hundred years ago, made their home.
“At one time they owned the Skime store and they were the parents of nine children, my mother being the youngest. Times were tough. Grandpa would go to Montana, buy wild horses, bring them back, break them, and then sell them. Later on my grandparents had the Kittelson Market in Roseau, Minn., at the site of where the Holiday station now is,” he said.
Johnson is proud to have in his possession a calling card that his Grandpa Ole used during his campaign as a candidate for Roseau County Sheriff in the ‘40’s.
His grandparents are buried in the Moe cemetery.
Pastor Curtis and his wife of forty years, Nancy, are the parents of three grown children: daughter Christina and her husband, Garett Marquis, are the parents of three sons, and reside at Clear Lake, Minn. Sons David and Jeffrey live in the Twin Cities.
The Johnson’s Purpose statement follows:
After forty years of marriage and service to the Kingdom all of those years together,
we still share the same purpose.
To Preach the Gospel of Salvation
Reach out to the Church Family
and Community with Christ’s Love
It is our desire to share with you our passions as I go forward in our life’s ministry – as from the beginning it has been our whole reward to preach the word of truth, and see the church grow in grace and truth.
Looking to the fields that are white with harvest, pray with us for God’s Will and praise be in all.
Curtis and Nancy Johnson
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