Described as "a lifelong servant of the Lord and the Church", Gordon was predeceased by Pat, who passed away on 6 November last year.
Gordon and Pat serving as missionaries for 34 years in Lebanon, Jordan and Papua New Guinea.
Gordon was an ordained minister, holding a bachelor’s degree from Pasadena College and a master’s degree from Point Loma Nazarene College. After mission service, he pastored two Churches of the Nazarene in Washington State.
The Johnstons were transferred to Papua New Guinea from Lebanon in 1981 and both joined the teaching staff of Wahgi Valley Nazarene Bible College.
During their service in PNG, Gordon also served as church growth and evangelism director for the field while Pat directed the Victory Books Publishing Company.
After serving 14 years in PNG, they were assigned to Amman, Jordan, in 1995, where Gordon directed the Eastern Mediterranean Nazarene Bible College and Pat founded and directed Spring of Life Publications and served as director of Arabic publication for the Eastern Mediterranean Field.