At sixteen he began training at the JG Michaelis & Sohn company in Rostock, where he worked for several years as an assistant. In 1846 he moved to Szczecin. Johannes Quistorp was an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He founded the Portland cement factory "Lebbin" (in Lubin), which, under his leadership was transformed into a joint-stock company.
He also had a brickyard and a steam-powered cement factory in Stołczyn as well as estates in Dusewitz, Wittenfelde, Schlietz on Rügia and in Szczecin. In the years 1852-1866 he served as royal consul in Hannover.
He held the title of Minister of Trade. He was one of the first executives in Szczecin and Prussia, who, at the beginning of the era of industrialization in the nineteenth century, was involved in the social issues of their employees.
Quistorp financed the construction of schools, hospitals, shelters, orphanages and foundations.
He died on May 9, 1899. During his funeral, thousands of Szczecin residents followed the procession to his final resting place. He was buried in the cemetery, on the premises of the Bethanien Foundation, at the current Wawrzyniak street in Szczecin.
Sponsored the Bethanien complex care facility in 1868 led by Deaconess sisters.
Bequeathed to the City of Szczecin the land on which he wished to become Quistorp Park, now Kasprowicz Park. Donation of site at Wielkopolska 15, to be used for the construction of a secondary school.
Repaired roads between Stolczyn and Glinka, in collaboration with F. Jahn (Fall 1867). Financed the construction of a primary school in Lubin.
Company-financed several nursing homes.