Ron & Marion Johnson
Dr. Ron Johnson, Jr. and his wife, Marion, serve as senior pastors of Living Stones Church. In addition to Dr. Ron's pastoral role, he founded and leads the Indiana Pastors' Alliance, a network of pastors, churches, and Christian organizations who have come together to advance and defend the cause of faith, family, and freedom throughout the state of Indiana. He has also been a leader in the Pulpit Initiative, a legal effort designed to protect the First Ammendment rights of pastors in the pulpit. Dr. Ron's passion is to see pastors take a more active role as leaders in their communities. They have been happily married for 34 years and have been blessed with eight children and three grandchildren.
Ron & Carol Johnson, Sr.
Pastors Ron and Carol started Living Stones Church over 35 years ago with a marriage class held in their living room each Sunday afternoon at 4:00pm. They have faithfully been pastoring, counseling, and ministering to both couples and families ever since - including hosting a marriage class at Living Stones every Sunday afternoon - at 4:00pm. They are a true apostolic father and mother to the Body of Christ. Pastor Ron carries a powerful anointing for calling out men to step up into their roles as leaders in their family, church, and community. Pastor Carol has a mother's heart and an amazing gift of encouragement and loving! Together, they lead an informal gathering for local pastors every Tuesday morning.
Dick & Susie Bashta
Dick and Susie have been pastors at Living Stones since 2006. Pastor Dick is also the Director of GlobalROAR Mission and theROAR - a nine-month accelerated school for training pastors, leaders, and missionaries. Pastor Susie oversees both the mission and training school offices, directs special events at the church, and pastors our worship teams. While serving as associate and mission pastors in Reserve, LA with Bro. Rod Aguillard from 1978 - 1999, they directed Global Strategy Mission Association, and Pastor Dick was also the mission dean at Minister's Training Institute (MTI). In 1999, the Bashta's moved to Colorado Springs to focus their ministry on reaching the remaining Unreached People Groups and in 2002, relocated in Crete, IN as Directors of Unreached Peoples for The Bible League. In the fall of 2004, Pastor Dick was asked to speak at a mission conference at Living Stones - and the rest is church history! Pastors Dick and Suise have been happily and strategically married for over 40 years and have five children and seven grandchildren.
Aaron & Lauren Brown
Pastor Aaron and Lauren have been serving our youth at Living Stones since May 2011. From a young age, Aaron felt called by God to ministry. He pursued a degree in Biblical Theology from Ministers Training Institute (MTI) in Baton Rouge, LA. Lauren graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN with a degree in nursing. They met at a youth conference sponsored by the Network of Related Pastors (NRP) of which Living Stones is a part. After a long year of long distance courting, Aaron moved to Crown Point to pursue Lauren and her dad . . . and they began serving together in ministry shortly thereafter! On July 1, 2011, Aaron and Lauren were married. They are the proud parents of Uriah Hudson, born in January 2016 and Liam Aaron, born in August, 2018. Their greatest passions are their family, youth ministry, discipleship, and pro-life outreach.
Ed serves Living Stones in the accounting arena as our Director of Finance. He graduated with a business degree from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL and has held positions in manufacturing as well as marketing and sales. Ed enjoys teaching the class, Kingdom Finances, in our ROAR school, and he and his wife, Chris, teach classes on prayer. They also serve as elders at Living Stones. The Kraus' have three children and six grandchildren. Ed's greatest desire is to see the church grow in numbers and resources to fulfill God's mission.
Dick Zbell has been a member of Living Stones since 1985. He has served as a deacon, elder, and now as the head of the Board of Trustees. Born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1936, Dick graduated from Youngstown State University in 1958 with a Bachelor's of Engineering degree. He relocated to Indiana in 1978. Dick retired from LTV Steel Corporation in 2001 where he was a Maintenance Manager. Now he enjoys working at the church, hunting, fishing, and fellowshipping with friends. He has four sons and four grandchildren.
Traci has been the Director of Children's Ministry at Living Stones for the last 15 years. She has a passion for children to know God in a personal way, to believe in Him, and to walk in His ways at a young age. Traci gradauted from Lowell High School and Horizon Career College as a licensed phlebotomist. She worked at St. Anthony's Hospital in Crown Point, IN for four years, and after their daughter was born, she became a stay-at-home mom. That was when her life began to turn around and the passion for helping children know and love God began to rise up in her. Although she was raised in a Christian home, memorized scriptures, attended church regularly (her dad was the Children's Director), and even worked with children throughout her teen years, yet she never had a personal relationship with the Lord until she was in her 20's. That's why she has such a passion for children to really know God at a young age! Traci was the Director of Children's Ministry at Bible Fellowship Church before coming to Living Stones. Traci is married to Tim Marcotte and they have two wonderful children, Sierra and Ezekiel.
Sheri has been at Living Stones for six years and on staff since 2015. She loves coming to work at the church every day and will enthusiastically greet you on the phone or in the office! After spending time with her husband, children and grand-children, supporting the ministries at Living Stones is one of her greatest pleasures.