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Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson is the Chairman of the Apostolic Council for Kingdom Destiny Fellowship International — an interdenominational fellowship of more than 200 U.S., and just as many international churches; headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the founder and Senior Servant of GlobalDestiny International Ministries, in Detroit, Michigan; and formerly also in Nanchang, Peoples Republic of China.

Bishop Johnson was consecrated to the office of Bishop on August 4, 2006. His election to the office had come the year before, during the celebration of his thirtieth year in minisry. By the time Presiding Bishop Thomas G. Mitchell approached him to talk to him about his elevation, Bishop Johnson had met and learned from some of the greatest minds in Kingdom ministry; served as an Apostolic Adjutant to two different prominent bishops; mastered his craft — particularly in the areas of Apologetics, Doctrine, Administration, Ecclesiology, and Church Protocol; had writteen Bishop Mitchell's Manual of Protocol; created and been the dean of Detroit Ministers Institute.

In 2004 Bishop Johnson planted Destiny Fellowship, a small church that started in a park on the shores of Lake Erie, in Lorain, Ohio. Bishop Johnson's most recent book, From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call gave him a chance to stop and look back at the unlikely circumstances that brought him to where he is today, in ministry: "Look where He brought me from!"

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other titles by bishop johnson

  • Second Best
  • From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call
  • A Compendium of the Episcopacy
  • The Adjutants Manual
  • Broken to Bread
  • Mr. Song's Dinner Table

  • From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call ...

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    MY CALLING SURE
    To serve this present age, my calling to fulfill;
    Oh, may it all my powers engage,
    to do my Master's will . . .
    An old Metered Hymn

    Book Cover

    This book is the story of a man who was raised in one of the world's largest and best-known hetero-doxical religions; and walked away to become a minister in the Baptist Church. Bishop Johnson's mother became a Jehovah's witness when he was six months old, so growing up Watchtower doctrine was all he knew. He left the Jehovah's witnesses at the age of twenty-three; and his younger sister left as well, three years later.

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    Watchtower doctrine mandates that all Jehovah's witnesses in good standing must shun anyone who either leaves the organization, or is cast out — even members of one's own family. In the first chapter Bishop Johnson's story begins with a tribute to his late mother; who refused to alienate her children, and probably came under harsh scrutiny as a result. In the book he tells the reader about the Society's controversial disciplinary policy, called "Disfellowshiping;" while at the same time giving the reader a whimsical look at life in the Kingdom Hall he attended for most of his childhood.

    Bishop Johnson wrote From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call to be an inspiration and offer words of encouragement to Jehovah's witnesses; ex-Jehovah's witnesses; student Jehovah's witnesses; and all other seekers to 'The Truth.' As his story draws to a close, he writes: "You might not remember more than half the stories I have told you in this book: a lot of what I have told you has absolutely nothing to do with the 'end story;' but if you take nothing else away from my story, please let it be the deliberateleness by which the Holy Spirit moves us into the path of our destiny, if we are willing to let Him — if we don't try to push back against the tailwind."

    What others are saying ...

    Bishop Johnson's life provides much evidence that he was both destined and determined to be a spiritual leader. He was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and was twice denied the privilege of advancing to Jehovah's Witness leadership. Soon after those rejections, he left the religion and sought true Christianity. Today he is a bishop at Kingdom Destiny Fellowship International. Don't be mistaken: Bishop Johnson has not had a gold nor silver-lined life. Life has happened to him as it happens to us all. He has had a few failed marriages and he has even been homeless. To this day, he has a very modest lifestyle. However, Bishop Johnson's faith in God is unrelenting.
    Foreword by T.R.Cody

    To have a calling a kingdom calling implies one has been called. In fact, we are all called for a purpose that is we all have a destiny God desires for us to walk in and fulfill and is actively, eagerly pushing us to for his divine purposes. In this book my friend, my mentor, my counselor, my confidant, my brother shares with us all the events that molded and pushed him continuously towards his kingdom call ... he is speaking to both worlds, the former Jehovah's Witnesses and potential active ones who may read it; and to the greater Christian world who not only want to hear his story but learn from it so they can minister to their loved ones who have fallen prey to the deception of the Watchtower peddlers at their doors.

    I have had the privilege to have been a co-moderator on one of the largest email lists amongst the ex-Jehovah's Witness community when I joined Ray's XJW-Central email list. It was both Ray and Roy Howdyshell who have been godfathers to me when I was exiting. I gleaned a lot from them as men of God ... When I saw him serving in China, I knew that he was walking in his calling just as the Apostle Paul did. I then realized the importance of the bigger picture and that is God doesn't just call us to serve the cults or the cult of our birth; but he calls us to serve sinners wherever they may be. In this latest endeavor to reach the world of his birth through this book, I can see and have read how it will bless many, many people beyond the Jehovah's Witnesses. If you're reading this book may it help you to your calling to be the "stones crying out", (Luke 19:40) that Jesus called you to be

    To my brother Bishop Johnson, I am blessed to have known you and I love you dearly! I continue to glean from you as I pursue my own higher kingdom calling!

    Tu Hermano en Christo, (Your brother in Christ)
    Agustin "Gus" Astacio aka Gusaberean
    Host of Healing X Outreach Internet Radio — "Where X-Cultists Speak Out!"

    A glimpse inside ...

    When I started writing I conceived a book that would begin with a history of Jehovah's witnesses and the Watchtower Society. It would have included many articles from the early days of Zion's Watch Tower. I found that what I was writing was just re-telling the story that James Penton told very well in Apocalypse Delayed; and that Ray Franz told in Crisis of Conscience; and certainly what I'd read from Faith on the March and Thirty Years a Watchtower Slave. So I asked myself what else could I discuss?

    I am a person who has always believed that God speaks to us, in real time. I believed He was speaking to me at age 17, when He notified me that I had been set aside for ministry. I believed he was speaking to me that Thursday in July 1974, telling me to get up and walk out of Jacksonville's Gator Bowl Stadium. And I believed He was speaking to me in that "still small voice," as I sat on that park bench, a few months later.

    So when I needed advice on what I should write about in this book, I listened for the voice of God; and what has gone before you is the result of that conversation.

    When I got up from that park bench I made a conscious decision to act upon Bennie Maultsby's invitation to come to his church, which sat in plain view, just a few blocks from Hemming Park. In the end I never got to the Society's Bethel, in Brooklyn; but I got to Bethel — in that the name of Bennie Maultsby's church was Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

    Were it not for a few "coincidences," I might actually have had a totally different life. [BTW, don't get me wrong, I actually believe there is NO SUCH THING as a coincidence, in the Plan of God] Had I not decided to go to Jacksonville, Florida for the District Convention in 1972 ... I might have been able to act on the notice that I'd been accepted by the Millwrights Union, in Detroit — and had landed an actual job at the Chevrolet Gear & Axle Plant. Had I taken that job, who knows when I'd have left the Watchtower — but I was already living in Jacksonville; and didn't have the money to come back home.

    If my mother had not decided to come to Jacksonville, in 1974; and/or if that Special Pioneer had not trashed my name to her, I might not have been so distracted when I walked into the Convention the next day. And had I not been thusly distracted, I might not have noticed the first "still small voice," or half can of tuna, I might not have given any thought to the fact that I'd heard the noise the speaker was speaking from the platform, over, and over, and over, and over, again, for the past 23 years of my life.

    There was no internet when I left, in 1974; so I entered a world where I knew no one. If I had known someone to talk to, or not been standing on the street, one night, I might not have encountered the Muslim brother who convinced me to visit his mosque the following Saturday. And if I had not joined the mosque, I might not have been in Hemming Park selling Muhammad Speaks newspapers; and might not have met Bennie Maultsby or even known that Bethel Baptist Institutional Church existed. Furthermore, if I had gone to a different church, who knows what would have become of this ministry I love so much?

    I was sitting in the back seat of Pastor McKissick's car, one day; when he was playing host to Dr. Manuel Lee Scott. Dr. Scott was one of the world's greatest evangelists; and has always been close to my heart. Dr. Scott made a comment about the Holy Spirit, saying He is much like a tailwind that pushes a plane forward to its destination. I return to what I said earlier. Some of you who are reading this may feel the presence of an urge pushing you in a certain direction. I encourage you NOT to resist the "tailwind," if you know in your spirit that it is pushing you in the direction of your divine destiny!