Essner is a graduate of Kelly High School at Benton, Mo., and Maryville University in St. Louis. She is a registered nurse at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Johnson is a graduate of Clearwater High School in Piedmont, Mo., and a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. He is a teacher and basketball coach at Jackson High School.
A June 7 wedding is planned at St. Lawrence Parish Center in New Hamburg, Mo.