Obituary: Bruce Johnson

TURLOCK, CA—Former Evangelical Covenant Church pastor Bruce Johnson died May 4. He was 63.

Bruce was born in San Francisco on August 30, 1957, to Bob and Vivian Johnson.

He attended Canada Community College and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in music ministry from Southwestern Seminary, and a master’s of divinity from North Park Theological Seminary.

In the five years between graduating from San Francisco State and attending North Park, Bruce taught music for the Cupertino, California, school district while also serving as a minister of music for a United Methodist congregation and then as pastor for music and young adults at Los Altos Covenant Church.

After graduating from North Park he served Covenant congregations in Nebraska, Alberta, British Columbia, and California. He also served on regional boards in Canada and California.

He left pastoral ministry in 2019 due to the progression of his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Bruce had a passion for music and loved teaching children and adults in church music ministry.

Survivors include children Greggory Johnson (Jessica) and Rachel Johnson, and two grandchildren.

No service is planned. Peace be to his memory.






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  1. Bruce was my client for the entirety of his living in Visalia. I had an absolute privilege being his hairstylist. The love Bruce had for the Lord would radiate out of him everywhere he went. I will never forget his kind spirit and upbeat attitude, always. Bruce was the sweetest person with such a positive attitude, no matter the situation at hand. He will be greatly missed. I will never forget his words to me at his final haircut, “I can’t wait to see you again in Heaven.” My prayers and condolences are with the friends and family.

    1. Thank you Lindsay! Those are kind words and meaningful. I am Bruce’s sister and appreciate knowing this. Connie

  2. I served with Bruce briefly in British Columbia. He was a good mentor and helped me through some difficult times in my life.

    1. Thank you David for you words of kindness regarding my brother Bruce! I am his sister Connie and I appreciate your relationship with Bruce and knowing this!

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