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Adventist Health Expands Mission in Community With New Leadership

Spiritual Care

Adventist Medical Center is pleased to welcome a dedicated and talented spiritual leader who will help our team better deliver our spiritual mission, treat the whole-person needs of our patients and team members and increase our engagement in the local faith community. Dr. Terry Lyndon Johnsson, who currently serves as a popular on-air personality and chaplain at WGTS 91.9 in Washington, DC, will be joining the Adventist Health team in Portland as executive director for mission integration beginning May 1, 2015.

Johnsson will be the featured presenter at the medical center’s annual Week of Spiritual Emphasis March 30-April 2 where he will speak multiple times each day and meet Adventist Health team members and the community. More information is under Classes and Events at

This transition is a homecoming for Johnsson, who grew up in the area and whose mother still lives in Portland. In fact, Johnsson volunteered as a candy striper at Adventist Medical Center more than 30 years ago.

Most recently, Johnsson has served as the senior radio chaplain and operational manager for WGTS 91.9, a major market contemporary Christian music station in Washington, DC and the second most listened to, non-commercial Christian radio station in America. Previously, Johnsson has served three U.S. presidents as part of U.S. Air Force White House Honor Guard. He has worked as a hospital chaplain, senior pastor, and youth and young adult pastor in Oregon, California and in the Washington, DC area.