Don Johnston

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Peg (McElvain)


Greg (1988), Dan (1990), Tressa (1991)




It was so good to see all who were at the 35th! After leaving a life style of self destruction by the grace of Jesus Christ I entered the USN and served from 74'-78' as a Hospital Corpsman. After leaving the service I remained in the D.C. area (my last Duty station) for a year and a half for schooling and for growing in the Christian life with The Navigators. In 80' I moved to Brookings SD to continue my education and growing in the knowledge and reverence of God. It was at this time I first recognized the deep negative impact of my previous lifestyle on my mental/emotional health. I was also blessed to meet Peg McEvain who would become my wife and faithful helpmate to walk with me through my 35 year "dark night of the soul." After our marriage in 82' I became an RN 85'. During that time I was Dx with cancer and under went 7 wks of radiation therapy I am thankful to say I am cancer free to this day. Both Peg and I worked at St Joe Hospital in Omaha. We moved to Kearney in 86' where I worked at GSH till 94'. In 88' Greg was born after 6 years of infertility and were told not to expect children of our own. In 90' Dan was born. My dad died of lung cancer in 92'.In 1994 we went to Romania through the KEFC as missionaries for 2 years. We worked with medical missions, orphanages, and a church plant. In 96' we moved back to Kearney where I worked as DON/Buisness manager at Family Practice Clinic till 2000. In 2000 my mom died. I began also worked as Director of Student Ministries at KEFC. At this point I had become completely overwhelmed by depression. I began Tx and was also diagnosed with ADHD. I can't begin to tell you how God has worked in all this all the way from His timing of marrying Peg to designing medication that "scratchs where I itch." In 2001 I became Youth Pastor at Cornerstone Berean Church in K-town. I had became so busy over the years that I had not lead my own family properly. I resigned as Youth Pastor in 2003 and began work with the USPS in 2005. I have found God faithful to His promises and more than able to walk, no carry me, through the darkest times life has to offer. Praise be to His name!