Dan Johnson: High School Faith Formation Director
Hello, my name is Dan Johnson and I am the Director of Religious Education for grades 9-12 and Adult Faith Formation.
I grew up on a farm just outside of Dickinson, ND and attended 12 years of catholic schooling in that area. I spent 14 years as a partner in a computer company after graduating high school. My job servicing computers brought me to Minnesota in 1996. I eventually left my position in the company feeling that God was calling me to some kind of work in His church. I went back to school and graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in theology. I also spent two years in seminary studying theology and discerning a call to the priesthood. God had other plans for me and I moved to Brainerd in 2011 and started working with the church that year.
Britt Johnson: Middle School Faith Formation Director
My name is Britt Johnson, and I am the Director of Faith Formation for Middle School, grades 6th-8th.
My husband Dan and I live in Brainerd and attend St. Francis Church. Dan is the Director of Faith Formation for the High School and heads up the RCIA program, and we are truly excited to work together at the church.
I am a mother to a compassionate, kind, intelligent, and thoughtful son, Payton and a caring, generous, funny, and joyful daughter, Fallon.
I have lived in the Brainerd area my entire life mostly because I can’t bear to be away from the water and the woods. My wonderful parents, Bill and Mary Kronstedt, live in the house I grew up in and they too attend St. Francis Church. My brother, Adam Kronstedt and his wife Charlene live in Nisswa with their five children. Family is very important to me and I am blessed to have them all so close.
I am excited to be a servant of God for the youth in our area and cannot wait to watch their faith continue to grow with the help of their families and those of us who are lucky enough to be called to serve them here at the church.
Celeste Badger: Elementary School Faith Formation Director
Hello! I began working for St Francis Parish in 1997 and I currently am blessed to work with the youngest children in all four parishes.
It is truly a joy to be able to serve this age, particularly witnessing the children receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.
My husband Rob and I have four daughters who all attended St Francis School and we are very grateful for the Christ centered education they received there.