Hi, and welcome to my page. I am Pastor Wade Johnston. I have served Christ since July 18, 2004, when I was ordained into the public minstry, an event both humbling and exciting. I was born and raised in Livonia, Michigan by John and Jocelynn Johnston. I have a brother, Adam, who is a high school science teacher in Columbus, Ohio. I was raised Roman Catholic (Roman Catholic grade school and junior high--I was even an altar boy) until I was 18, when I became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on December 31, 1995 at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church in Livonia, MI. I am proud to be a Lutheran, and ever-thankful to God for allowing me to experience the height and breadth of his grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love, as it is faithfully preserved, proclaimed, and applied in the confessional churches (those that still confess the same truth taught in the Lutheran Confessions) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

I would never trade the treasure of Word and Sacrament for anything. What a joy to be unable to wash my face without remembering my adoption as God's son in Baptism! What a rejuvination to receive God's gracious gift of His Son's Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and to know the forgiveness and life it gives! What a comfort to hear Christ Himself speak God's promise of grace and mercy to me personally through the mouth of a fellow pastor in a sermon or in absolution, and to read of His love in the trustworthy and unbreakable Word of God! That is what being Lutheran has meant to me. I pray this site helps bring the same joy, strength, and comfort to you.

Below I have included some of my favorite links. I have also included some things I have written and translated myself. I hope you find it useful.

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Pastor's Papers and Translations

Coming soon, Lord willing (assuming I can focus on one task): the first part of Flacius' Catalogue of Testimonies and a sermon by Martin Chemnitz on Holy Baptism. Sacred Meditations are now in print and available from Magdeburg Press (magdeburgpress.com).

Flacius On True and False Adiaphora: Part I
I still need to clean this up a bit, but this is the first part of Flacius' three part work on True and False Adiaphora. I am working on Part III now. Our German study group, Lord willing, will complete Part II, which is by far the largest section.

Adolph Hoenecke on Faithfulness in the Pastoral Office (Predigtamt)
This interesting series of conference papers was translated by Pastor Nathaniel Bourman and myself.

A Sermon by Adolph Hoenecke on Hebrews 13:7,8 - Tr. Wade Johnston

The Doctrine of Election and of the Believers' Certainty of Salvation
This is a translation of the Wisconsin Synod's evaluation of the Norwegian Synod's theses on election from 1908. This translation was done by Pastors Nathan Sutton, Nathaniel Bourman, Jason Oakland, and myself.

Concerning Cases of Conscience, and in specific Baptism - Friedrich Balduin - Tr. Wade Johnston

Concerning Conscience, and Its Cases in General - Friedrich Balduin - Tr. Wade Johnston

Sermon by G. Stoeckhardt 1 Peter 1:24,25

Part 3 of Adolph Hoenecke's Series on Adiaphora
Hoenecke Sermons for the Historic Lectionary  NEW and updated often
Each week our German study group, consisting of Prs. Luke Boehringer, Timothy Kolb, Herb Kuske, and myself have been translating these sermon notes from Adolph Hoenecke. The sermons are very rough, as we have not gone back through them yet, but give an idea of how Hoenecke approached the Gospel and Epistle for each week. Pr. Kuske especially has done a lot of extra work on these.

Holy Week Prayers from the Old German Agenda of What Became WELS
These prayers were translated by Prs. Luke Boehringer, Timothy Kolb, Herb Kuske, Tyler Peil, and myself at our German study group meetings.

Paul Gerhardt Baptism Hymn 
This is my feeble and rough attempt to translate and put to meter Paul Gerhardt's Baptism Hymn, Du Volk, das getaufet bist und deinen GOtt erkennest.

Paul Gerhardt Communion Hymn 
This is my feeble and rough attempt to translate and put to meter Paul Gerhardt's Communion Hymn, Von heiligen Abendmahl.

Funeral Sermon by Paul Gerhardt
I translated this with important help from Pr. Timothy Kolb, Pr. Herb Kuske, and Pr. Luke Boehringer.

Paul Gerhardt Historical Fiction
My rough and admittedly meager attempt at a historical novel based on the life of Paul Gerhardt.

C.F.W Walther Sermon on Isaiah 60:1-6 

C.F.W. Walther Sermon on Matthew 22:15-22
This sermon was translated by Pastor Jason Oakland and myself.

C.F.W. Walther Sermon on Luke 1:26-38 

C.F.W. Walther Sermon on Luke 18:9-14 

C.F.W. Walther Sermon on John 20:19-31
This sermon was translated by Pastor Jason Oakland and myself.

C.F.W. Walther Sermon on Acts 2:1-13
This sermon was translated by Pastor Jason Oakland and myself.

C.F.W. Walther Devotion on Jeremiah 5:3

Liturgical Catechesis in the Lutheran Faith
An adult instruction course arranged according the the Common Service, going through the truths of the Small Catechism, using the Bible stories in which our Western Rite has its roots.

The Why in Our Worship
Brief insights on Lutheran worship and the Common Service of the Lutheran Church by Pastor Aaron Boehm and myself.

Sacramental Evangelism in a Postmodern World

Morsels from the Master - Catechism
An expanded presentation of the eternal truths of Scripture, as presented in Luther's Small Catechism, this is the catechism book I have developed for my 7th and 8th grade students.

Morsels from the Master - Adult
An expanded presentation of the eternal truths of Scripture, as presented in Luther's Small Catechism, this is an adult catechism book, adaptated from my course for my 7th and 8th grade students. This is intended for those who are already members of the congregation.

Morsels from the Master - Inquirers
An expanded presentation of the eternal truths of Scripture, as presented in Luther's Small Catechism, this course, adapted from my course for my 7th and 8th grade students, is intended for those seeking membership at Christ Lutheran Church.

Survey of Lutheran Confessions Seminar
One of our Saturday Seminars, these materials present a brief history of creeds and confessions in the Church, the biblical necessity to confess the faith, the history behind the Lutheran Confessions, some information on each Confession, and discussion questions.

Augsburg Confession: Introduction to the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Used as a Sunday Christian Education Class and as an Adult Instruction Course at times, this class examines the Augsburg Confession, providing historical background, proof passages, commentary, discussion questions, etc.

A Survey of Christian History
A course that provides a glance at the Church's history from Christ through the Formula of Concord. This did not copy well into html format.

Survey of Christian History Powerpoint
Powerpoint lessons to accompany the course linked above.

Civil Government Seminar
One of our Fourth Saturday Seminars, these materials present the biblical, confessional view of the roles of church and state, and the Christian's place in both.

Church Fellowship Seminar
One of our Fourth Saturday Seminars, these materials present the biblical, confessional view of church fellowship, presenting the principles first, and then moving to the application of them.

End of Life Issues Seminar
One of the Fourth Saturday Seminars, these materials present the Christian view of life and principles for making end of life decisions.

Justification/Sanctification Seminar
One of the Fourth Saturday Seminars, these materials present the biblical view of justification and sanctification as clearly presented by the Lutheran Confessions..

Lutheran Worship Seminar
One of the Fourth Saturday Seminars, these materials present biblical, confessional principles for Lutheran Worship.

Proverbs 8: Simply Wisdom Personified or Christ Himself?

What Unified/Divided the Anabaptists
A brief essay on the Radical Reformation

Romans 12 Bible Study

Metrical Psalmody
A brief history and explanation of this musical style.

A Guided Tour of Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians with Doctor Martin Luther of Wittenberg
This is a class on Galatians I prepared for educational purposes only here at Christ. This is NOT TO BE REPRODUCED. All Luther quotes are from the American Edition and are property of the Concordia/Augsburg Fortress Publishing Houses.

Pastor's Links

Wisconsin Synod Home Page
A great resource. An informative question and answer service, as well as devotions, articles, and other fine materials. Check out the directory for WELS churches in your area. Check out the worship link for an idea of what you will experience in many WELS churches.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Home Page
Take a look at our synod's school for training canidates for the ministry.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Library - Essays
A great collection of essays on various theological topics.

Logia: A Journal of Lutheran Theology
A journal devoted to confessionally Lutheran theology.

Lutheran Theology Web Site
A great collection of essays on various topics by many prominent Lutheran theologians.

Lutheran Cyclopedia
A great reference book for those interested in Lutheran history and issues. This book is now free at this link.

German-English Dictionary - TU Chemnitz
A great dictionary for those interested in reading theological German.

The Perseus Project
A site with Latin and Greek dictionaries, as well as classical and early Christian literature.

Early Church Fathers
Free library of patristic writings.

Northwestern Publishing House
Great Lutheran Christian books, music, art, church supplies, etc.

Project Wittenberg
Some great, free Lutheran historical, confessional, and catechetical documents.

Repristination Press
A great place to purchase monumental writings of Lutheran Orthodoxy.

Studium Excitare
I recently found this site through a paper liked on the Lutheran Theology Web Site. There are some interesting and worthwhile translations provided there. I do not know much about the men who run the site, but they do note that they are all students at Martin Luther College.

Pastor's Favorite Books (a work in progress)

The Holy Bible - Concordia Self-Study Bible (NIV)   English Standard Version  
Hebrew Old Testament   Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon 
Greek New Testament   New Linguistic and Exegetical Key to the Greek New Testament

The Lutheran Confessions - Kolb - Wengert Translation   Concordia Triglotta

Latin - Dictionary of Ecclesiastical Latin

German - Cassell's German Dictionary

Martin Chemnitz - Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: An Enchiridion  Examination of the Council of Trent   Loci Theologici   The Lord's Supper   Two Natures in Christ   The Lord's Prayer

Johann Gerhard - A Comprehensive Explanation of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper (1610)   Meditations on Divine Mercy   Sacred Meditations

Martin Luther - The Sermons of Martin Luther   What Luther Says: A Practical In-Home Anthology for the Active Christian   Luther's Works

C.F.W. Walther - Law and Gospel   Church and Ministry

Edward W.A. Koehler - A Summary of Christian Doctrine

Harold Senkbeil - Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness   Sanctification, Christ in Action

Gene Edward Veith, Jr. - The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals   Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture  

Robert Preus - The Theology of Post-Reformation Lutheranism   Justification and Rome

Bo Giertz - The Hammer of God

Hermann Sasse - We Confess Anthology   Here We Stand   The Lonely Way, vol. 1   The Lonely Way, vol. 2   This Is My Body: Luther's Contention for the Real Presence in the Sacrament of the Altar

Siegbert Becker - The Foolishness of God   Revelation: The Distant Triumph Song

Ernest Schwiebert - Luther and His Times: The Reformation from a New Perspective

James Kittelson - Luther the Reformer

Heiko Oberman - Luther

Justo Gonzalez - The Story of Christianity

Frank Senn - Christian Liturgy: Catholic and Evangelical

Pastor and Family

Isaiah's Baptism


Bible class

Tricia and I

Me, Nicholas, and Isaiah

Me and Isaiah