Peter and Johanna Zipp
Peter and Johanna were married in 1993, and their story is a story of a marriage saved, a marriage redeemed! Over the first 8 years, Peter and Johanna faced hard times as Peter wasn’t a believer and brought many issues into their marriage. In 2002, through their involvement in a small group at church, Peter was faced with his sin and true need for a savior. He not only gave his life to the Lord on April 22, 2002, but he also turned from the sins that were tearing his marriage apart.
From there, God started using them to minister to couples in their marriages with the message that “the same God that saved our marriage can save yours”. In 2005, after Johanna went on her first mission trip, she came back and the two started praying about what God wanted them to do. Peter was a little less cooperative, but God worked on him pretty hard that Fall. That winter, they were convinced that God wanted them in full-time ministry. In May of 2006 they attended a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember and that’s when God made it clear where He was calling them for their first leg of full-time ministry.
Peter and Johanna spent 7 years with FamilyLife, based in Little Rock. In their first year, they were introduced to Montana and the immense need for the gospel to be spread there. For years, Peter thought that God would send them to Montana with FamilyLife, but God had other plans. In the Spring of 2014, God led them to consider Church Planting. Peter had never considered this before but God kept prompting him in that direction.
After inquiring through the Montana State convention God led them to inquire with Outdoorsmen Church, which was planted in 2005 and was now training others in church planting. In September of 2014 Peter and Johanna moved to the Frenchtown area to start their internship as church planters, only to be told by God that He wanted them to remain at the church and be a part of the staff as a Campus Pastor and children’s minister. In December 2019 Peter became the Lead Pastor of Outdoorsmen Church, fulfilling God’s ultimate call on his life. Peter and Johanna love their church family and look forward to many more years God willing.