Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent Van Gogh

Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson

Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson accepted the call to the Ministry as a young man. Raised as a Jehovah's witness, Bishop Johnson - affectionately called "Pastor Ray" - accepted Christ in November 1974; and soon after joined the Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, in Jacksonville, Florida; where he preached his First Sermon on the Third Sunday of April 1975. He was ordained on Sunday April 9, 1978, at the New Mt. Vernon Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan.

Bishop Johnson began his Ministry as a Minister to the YouthFellowship at Bethel; Youth Choir Director at New Mt. Vernon, from 1977 to 1978; and then as Assistant to the Pastor of Bethel, and Executive Director of Bethel's Christian Mission Center.

Bishop Johnson returned to Detroit - and New Mt. Vernon - in 1983; but a decade later he was led to join the Second Unity Full Gospel Baptist Church. In 1994 he became the Apostolic Adjutant to Bishop Gregory M. Davis - General Overseer of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, and continued to serve as Adjutant to Bishop Clarence L. Morton, Jr. - who succeeded as Bishop Davis the Pastor of Second Unity, in 1995.

In 1997 Bishop Johnson left Second Unity to help his good friend, Elder Michael Berry plant a new church in Detroit, called Higher Ground Ministries. Since then he has devoted much of his Ministry time to Church Planting.

Year of Destiny

In April 2004 Bishop Johnson and friend Lillo Greer organized and incorporated Abyssinian Church of the Living Word in the state of Michigan; and began regular services in Detroit's Masonic Temple, as "Hope Fellowship: Home of the Abyssinian Church of the Living Word." That summer a second series of meetings began at a park in Lorain, Ohio, near where the Ford Plant where Bishop Johnson had been working, since earlier that year.

The new name DESTINY FELLOWSHIP was born of a revelation, during a series of messages Bishop Johnson preached in the fall of 2004. Known as the "Destiny Series," these messages culminated in the first message of 2005 where God revealed that 2005 would be a " Year of Destiny." Truly, God is faithful to His prophetic Word, and 2005 proved indeed to be a year of destiny!

At the Beginning of the year, 2005, Bishop Johnson was one of nine pastors elected to the office of Bishop, during the United Kingdom Builders International Ministries Spring Conference in Port Huron, MI.

From the second to the third Sunday in April, Bishop Johnson celebrated his Ministerial Anniversaries - 30 years in Ministry on the 2nd Sunday, and the 27th anniversary of his Ordination, on the 3rd Sunday. Continued ...

You can also read my Ministerial Vitae and Resume, here.