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Michael Johnson

Philanthropic Advisor

Email Michael Johnson at mjohnson@lwr.org

Michael Johnson is a philanthropic advisor at Lutheran World Relief. Michael connects with donors to understand why LWR is important to them and make sure they are engaged at a level they are excited about.

A graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in chemistry, Michael began his career in development work as a philanthropic advisor and planned giving specialist at Luther Seminary. He also served as the director of development at Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, Inc.

Most of the time, it is Michael’s voice on the other end of the line inviting U.S. Lutherans for a visit or event. He’s the person to talk to about planned giving or how to include LWR in your end of life planning. Michael is available to speak to congregations or a group of people who wish to learn more about the general work of Lutheran World Relief.

What has intrigued me about LWR is the way we go about our work. LWR is like the bass guitar of the “global rock band.” We are not out in front, like the lead vocals or the lead guitar. We sit in the background, accompanying the percussion team creating the rhythm. You may not notice us when we are there, but you notice when we are not. We humbly walk side by side with people to create or restore the rhythm of life.