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The Seyenkulo family – Apu, 22; Kenata, 20; Yongor, 18, Bishop Jensen and Pastor Linda.

Linda Johnson Seyenkulo is an Extension educator, turned pastor, turned missionary. Her husband, D. Jensen Seyenkulo is the presiding bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia.

Linda is also a pastor and was commissioned in July (2014) as a missionary to Liberia for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, or ELCA.

Linda Johnson was born and raised in Aitkin, graduating from Aitkin High School in 1970. Her parents are Elma Johnson and the late Arne Johnson. She earned a degree in home economics and worked for the University of Minnesota Extension Service for eight years. She decided to attend Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, where she earned a master of divinity.

During her time there, she met her husband. They were married in 1989. The couple went to Liberia in October 1989 but came back to the U.S. because of a civil war which continued for about 20 years. Linda served at four churches for the ELCA during the 23 years they lived in the Chicago area. Jensen completed a PhD program and worked at the ELCA headquarters in Chicago.

The couple has two daughters, Apu, 22, and Yongor, 18; and one son, Kenata, 20.

Jensen was elected the presiding bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia in 2012 and has been living there since. Linda served as a minister at Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Forest, Ill., during this time, until her appointment in July (2014) as a missionary. Her assignment is curriculum developer/trainer for Louis T. Bowers Lay Leader and Minister Training Center in Totota.

(From an October 7, 2014 post by Jeanne Schram)


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