First Presbyterian Church

Hayfield, Minnesota

Our Pastor and Staff

Rev. Kirk W. Johnston

Pastor Kirk graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago with his Masters of Divinity. Since Seminary he has served in various pastoral positions including Youth Pastor, Campus Pastor, Associate Pastor for Christian Education, Interim Associate Pastor, Interim Pastor.  Before Seminary Kirk also served through the Young Adult Volunteer in Mission Program of the PCUSA in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Tucson, AZ.  One of Kirk's passions in ministry is working with youth and young adults to build community focused on service, study and fellowship.  His undergraduate degree is in Art from Longwood University in Farmville, VA and he brings that creative nature into his ministry.  Kirk began at Hayfield in May 2017 and is excited about the new things this family of faith has been up to in the past year. He has a heart for mission, faith formation and worship!

Kirk is married to Rev. Kate Ester Johnston and they have a daughter Isla and two dogs Max and Finn.

Church Secretary
Ruth Kruger

As the Church Secretary, Ruth works at the church about 10 hours per week on a flexible schedule. She also works at the Hayfield Community Schools as a paraprofessional in the preschool room and teaches parenting classes.  Ruth is married to Roger Kruger and has two boys - Adam and Chad - both of whom are currently in college.  She also enjoys bowling and keeping physically active.

Molly Heydt

JoAnn Buck

Parish Nurse
Nancy Dahlen

Nancy has been a nurse for 35 years at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  Most of her career has been in Orthopedics.  She is currently the nursing supervisor for an Ambulatory Trauma Clinic at the Saint Mary’s Campus and also a Wellness Champion for the staff she supervises and for a Division of nurses.  Nancy promotes a healthy lifestyle and encourages health prevention strategies.  Nancy has been living in Hayfield close to 28 years since she married husband, Greg, and joined the Presbyterian Church a few years after that. 


As the Parish Nurse, Nancy works to connect church members with appropriate resources, provide resources or information on health related issues, is open to taking phone calls, and willing to make a visit if there are some concerns or questions any parishioners have.  She provides monthly information for the church newsletter related to health and wellness.  She was handed the baton for parish nursing at First Presbyterian Church by Rosie Peterson, RN, who was the very first parish nurse that the church had.