The Rev. Anita Johnson has joined Friendship Haven as director of spiritual care. She will be responsible for providing worship and Bible study experiences as well as pastoral care and visitation to residents of Kenyon Place, Heritage Apartments, The Gardens Assisted Living, Town Homes, Tompkins Health Center and Generations Adult Day Services.
Johnson's experiences in ministry include pastor of Manilla Yoke (Presbyterian and United Methodist churches), associate pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bettendorf, pastor of Clarence United Methodist Church and Stanwood Union Church, caregiver coordinator of Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport and, most recently, pastor of the Traer United Methodist Church.
A native of Ruthven, Johnson earned a bachelor of science degree in child development and family relations from South Dakota State University, Brookings, and a master of divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill. She was ordained as deacon in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990 and as elder in 1993. She and husband Dave Gardner and two sons live in Fort Dodge.