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A Special Word from Bishop Johnson on Grief

Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II, better known as Bishop Joey Johnson, is the presiding bishop of The Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches and organizer and Senior Pastor of The House of the Lord in Akron, Ohio.

Bishop Johnson is a renowned Bible Scholar, counselor, educator, conference speaker and workshop facilitator.  His experience in leading one of the city’s largest churches for forty-six years has equipped him to impart wisdom for issues related to church growth and development, business management, leadership, and team building.

A certified Grief Recovery Specialist since 2002.

As a visionary, Bishop Johnson founded The Johnson Leadership Institute, where he utilizes his skills to train and mentor pastors and other church leaders.  As a lover of The Holy Scriptures with keen intellectual curiosity and insatiable appetite for reading, Bishop Johnson founded Emmanuel Christian Academy and Logos Bible Institute to present opportunities to children and adults to be educated and equipped in God’s Word.

Chief Relational Trustee of the City of Akron Racial Equity and Social Justice Taskforce, which is tasked to offer suggestions to the City by December 2021.

As Bishop Johnson increasingly ministers to the community of faith not only in the city of Akron, but around the world, his participation and influence in the community continues to grow on so many different levels.  One example of this is his commitment to attacking and solving the problem of poverty in our city.  To do this, Bishop Johnson continues to humbly invite city and state leaders to sit at the same table.  He is careful to reject the role of a hero, while he has embraced, with the good of all in mind, the role of being a host of conversations.

Bishop Johnson authored eleven books: The Church: The Family of FamiliesGod Is Greater Than Family Mess, The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit, The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit Study Guide; The Biblical World Through New Glasses; Lord of the Flies: A Leadership Fable; Grief—A Biblical Pathway to GodThe God Who Grieves, The Ravages of Rejection, The Blindness of Biblical Betrayal, and Jealousy and the Blindness of Biblical Betrayal.

Bishop Johnson is married to Pastor Cathy Johnson.


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