Faith briefs for Aug. 23

Johnson to speak Sept. 15 at First Baptist

On Sept. 15, Phil Johnson will speak in the regularly scheduled morning services of First Baptist Church of Marshall, as well as a special 3 p.m. service. Johnson serves as the executive director of Grace To You, the broadcast ministry of John MacArthur, with whom he has been closely associated since 1981. In addition to editing most of MacArthur’s major books, Johnson contributed two chapters to “Fool’s Gold: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error” (Crossway, 2005).

He is probably best known for his Internet contributions, which include oversight of the Spurgeon Archive ( and contributing to a blog known as Pyromaniacs ( First Baptist is located at 2219 250th St., off Minnesota Highway 23 on the southwest outskirts of Marshall. For more information, call 507-532-6919, or visit

Good Shepherd to install new pastor Sunday

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, located at 1600 E. College Drive in Marshall, will have a service of ordination and installation of its new pastor, James Stephanic, at 3 p.m. Sunday. A light luncheon will follow the service. Stephanic is originally from Greenfield, Wis., and attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. He and his wife, Sarah, have three children.

Following the 8:15 a.m. service Sunday, during fellowship time, cake and beverages will be served as an appreciation celebration “thank you” to the Rev. Dennis Schultz. He is a retired pastor who has traveled from his home in Granite Falls to serve the Good Shepherd congregation during the more than two years while it was without a full-time pastor.

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation classes start Wednesday

Holy Redeemer Faith Formation classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Holy Redeemer School. These religious education classes are for students in grades K-12. To register, contact the Faith Formation Office at 532-3602.

Folk singer to perform at First United Presbyterian in Canby

Connor Garvey, a folk singer/songwriter from Portland, Maine, will be doing a concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at First United Presbyterian Church in Canby.