Reverend Lisa Steele Johnson


  • Princeton Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity 1999
    Recipient: Presbyterian Leadership Full Scholarship Award (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • Westmont College, BA Communication Studies, Cum Laude 1995
  • University of California, Santa Barbara – Undergraduate Studies 1991-1993


  • Denomination: Presbyterian Church USA
  • Ordination Date: June 1999

Professional Ministry Experience

ECO Presbyterian Denomination 
Director of Lay Leadership Development, 2016 – Current

Elder Leadership Institute 
Director, 2015 – Current

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Coronado, CA
Associate Pastor, 2009 – 2015

  • Preach regularly and assist in worship weekly
  • Lead “Listening for God” Bible study for 55 women weekly
  • Lead CONNECT group (20s-40s) weekly
  • Assist Senior Pastor in the administration/governance/mission of the church
  • Piloted “Faith at Home” programs to equip parents with spiritual tools

San Clemente Presbyterian Church, San Clemente, CA
Associate Pastor for Discipleship 2006-2008

  • Responsible for adult discipleship programs/classes/vision/planning
  • Taught the Bible in Overview in 2 years
  • Supervised/coordinated Women’s ministry
  • Led weekly Women’s Bible study and trained leaders/teachers
  • Facilitated Discipleship Steering Team to seek adaptive change for the Discipleship culture at church
  • Assisted in worship and rotated preaching with other 5 Associate Pastors

Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, Coronado, CA
Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Youth, 1999-2003

  • Led Middle School and High School youth programs (small discipleship groups, Sunday school, mission trips, Forest Home, special events, family counseling, recruiting/training youth volunteers, writing Confirmation curriculum & leading yearly confirmation class)
  • Served as the visitation pastor for the elderly members of congregation
  • Supervised the Board of deacons and trained them in pastoral care

Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, Lawrenceville, NJ
Pastoral Intern, 1998-1999

  • Assisted in worship and preaching
  • Served as chaplain at a local nursing home offering visitation, pastoral care and weekly worship services to the residents
  • Taught Middle/High school Sunday School

El Montecito Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara, CA
Junior High Ministry Director, 1995-1996

San Clemente Presbyterian Church, San Clemente, CA
Youth Ministry Intern Summers 1993-1995

Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo, CA
Youth Ministry Intern Summers 1991-1993

Other Professional Experience

  • Coaching PCUSA and ECO Pastors (2014-current)
  • Hospital Chaplaincy (CPE) at Mercer County Hospital, New Jersey (1998)
  • Retreat Speaker
  • Klein Bottle Social Service Organization, Teen Court Advisor/Counselor (1994)
  • Elected as clergy representative for San Diego to the General Assembly of the PC(USA)  (2001)

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