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Those Called to Serve

Joan Johnson, Founder, President

Joan is the mother of seven grown children, and grandmother of ten. She is a Secular Order of Discalced Carmelite, and has served her Carmelite Community as council member, formation director, and has taught for the formation program. Joan helped establish: St. John the Baptist’s Perpetual Adoration, Lake Minnetonka Life-Care Center, and the St. John of the Cross Study Group. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Holy Family High School, Victoria, Minnesota, during the initial phase of its development. She was under the spiritual direction of the late Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., from 1991 until his death in 2010.

In 1985, she and her husband established, owned and operated Christopher Inn—a Bed and Breakfast in Excelsior, Minnesota. The Inn was featured in Better Homes & Gardens Magazines, Twin Cities Live TV show, and Better Homes and Gardens Travel show (cable). The Inn closed its doors in 2003 when the property was sold to a developer.

Her brother, Bishop Peter Christensen, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 1985. In addition to serving in parish ministry, he served as rector of the Saint John Vianney College Seminary and was ordained bishop for the Diocese of Superior, Wisconsin, in 2007. In 2014, Pope Francis appointed him as the bishop of Boise, Idaho.

 

Clayton Emmer, Webmaster

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Clayton Emmer graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 1993 with a BA in English and a concentration in Great Books. He spent two years in formation for diocesan priesthood at the Saint Paul Seminary, and has since worked as a freelance writer, computer software trainer and website developer.

During several years spent in Los Angeles, he worked for a Fortune 500 as content administrator of the company’s corporate training intranet and web-based conferencing system. His volunteer activities included leading a Theology of the Body study group, serving as a juror for the Angelus Awards Student Film Festival, and acting as coordinator and catechist for the RCIA Hollywood program.

Clayton has volunteered his time and talents to develop The CHRISTOPHER INN International website—www.christopherinn.org. He also wrote the script for The CHRISTOPHER INN International promotional video.

 

Media


David Johnson, Director of Media

David Johnson is a graphic designer with nearly a decade of experience in the varied fields of digital media with extensive experience in the fields of print design, website design, architectural visualization, photography, 3D modeling and animation, video compositing, editing, animation and special effects. His clients have included Best Buy, Circuit City, HP, Macy's, The Minneapolis Airport Commission, Thrivent Financial, Kerzner International Resorts, as well as many other local businesses, churches, and other non-profit organizations. David has spent the last seven years as a lead broadcast designer at a major cable station where he has successfully spearheaded several branding initiatives for the station and its on-air content.

David and his team have volunteered their time and talents to design and produce all of The CHRISTOPHER INN International videos and the www.christopherinn.org website.

 

Behind the Scenes


The Family

For nineteen years, Joan and Howard Johnson owned and operated the Christopher Inn Bed & Breakfast in Excelsior, Minnesota. Their seven children grew up in the hospitality business and served in various capacities at the Christopher Inn until the property was sold in 2003. Many of them are now married and involved in various occupations. Together with their spouses, they have been giving of their time and talents to the development of The Christopher Inn International, dedicated to serving Catholic bishops and priests throughout the world.