When it was time for Elder Johnson to fulfill his patriotic duty in the Army he married his childhood sweetheart, Charlotte and was relocated to Geneva, New York.
In New York he served faithfully under the pastorate of Pastor Clarence Williams (Bishop LeRoy Anderson). In July of 1980 Elder Johnson moved to Kansas City, Missouri and began his pastoral ministry as co-director of the Joy Deliverance Mission Ministries with his sister, Evangelist Georgia Mae Johnson.
Pastor Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and his Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri in 1983. One of the first major highlights of this dynamic pastoral ministry took place on the first Sunday in September of 1995 when Joy Deliverance moved to their newly built edifice at 3544 Highland Aveenue in urban Kansas City, Missouri. This church was called Mount Moriah Church of God in Christ.
Elder Johnson worked for many years as a Contracting Officer for the Small Business Administration covering Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. He was responsible for negotiating contracts ranging from $1,000 to $100,000,000.
In June of 1999, after the passing of the Late Bishop E. Harris Moore, The Lord Rewarded Elder Johnson's faithfulness to the ministry by appointing him Pastor of the Historic Barker Temple Church of God in Christ, located at 1709 Highland Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri. The church began to grow and flourish under his leadership. After seeing the demands of a growing congregation, the need for increased ministries, and room for expansion, he appointed a team to look for a suitable place to relocate. The Lord blessed them with a seven acre worship complex, Barker Memorial Cathedral of Praise Church of God in Christ where he currently serves as Senior Pastor.
Celebrating 30 years in Ministry:
Bishop John M. Johnson
& Lady Charlotte Johnson
Elder Johnson, then, served as District Superintendent of the V.M. Barker Heritage District and First Administrative Assistant to the late Bishop W. B. Henderson in Missouri Western 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.
After the death of Bishop W. B. Henderson, The General Board and General Assembly of The Church of God in Christ unanimously recommended and ratified Superintendent Johnson as Bishop Designate of Missouri Western Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He carried the title 'Bishop Designate' until November 9th, 2009 at which time he was consecrated and inducted into the College of Bishops during the 102nd Annual Holy Convocation in Memphis, Tennessee.
Bishop Johnson and 1st Lady Charlotte Johnson are the proud parents of two daughters, Tracie Rachelle Johnson and Tamara Hill, one son-in-law, Lamar Hill, one grand daughter, Arielle Yvette Hill, and the spiritual parents of many.