Bishop F. J. Johnson Ministries 

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Pastor Cathy is also the Director of Women Walking Together in Christ (WWTIC), an outreach ministry for women that extends to other churches and cities.


​On December 11, 2014, Bishop Johnson was appointed by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Training whose purpose is to conduct a thorough review of the quality, availability, and practical application of peace officer training.  God has raised Bishop Johnson up as a clarion prophetic voice of reason, a biblical voice, and host of conversations "for such a time as this."   Click here to read more about this initiative.

Bishop Johnson's heart for the Akron Community includes participation in the National Day of Prayer Service on the Courthouse Steps, hosting a Citywide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration Service, and helping out a local grocery store with a Henry's ACME Day which resulted in hundreds of members walking across the street and buying groceries.

The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program, a collaboration with the U.S. Marshall Service, in 2007 and 2009 and the Ohio State Attorney General in 2014, and various Court Systems throughout Summit County, the Fugitive Safe Surrender (FSS) was hosted by Bishop Johnson and The House of the Lord. Designed to give those with criminal arrest warrants against them a "second chance" and "favorable consideration" at sentencing, more than 5000 persons over those three sessions peacefully surrendered.

Bishop Johnson's most recent community collaboration is The Village at New Seasons which features Low Income Senior Citizen housing and a fully staffed health care facility operated by SUMMA Health System. This facility is the only emergency health care facility in the West Akron Community.


In 2007, Dr. Johnson launched a new business venture called Finished in the Fire! LLC, that provides workshops and training for leaders and business people to develop and refine their character through the refinery of adversity and suffering.  For more information about workshops and distance learning, visit

renowned Author

Bishop Johnson is a prolific and renowned author. He has authored nine (9) books covering a wide range of subjects such as the family, relationships, church doctrine, the Holy Spirit, and character refinement through rejection.  His two most popular books are God is Greater Than Family Mess and The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit - From Denomination to Reformation: An Introduction to Biblecostalism which can be purchased on Amazon.

Awards and Accomplishments

  1. Winner of Church Business Magazine's first-ever Praiseworthy Sermons Contest, 2007.
  2. Voted one of "The World’s Most Loved Pastors" by Gospel Today Magazine, 2004.
  3. The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor's Humanitarian Award, 2003 United Pastor In Mission Presidential Award, 2002.
  4. Featured in the March 1993 edition of Shared Ministry, a monthly audiotape club of over 2,000 subscribers produced by the Charles E. Fuller Institute, an organization dedicated to equipping church leaders worldwide for effective leadership.
  5. Trainer and facilitator for Meta-Church Cluster Consultations in Dayton and Cleveland, Ohio, under the direction of Carl F. George, church consultant and former president of the Charles E. Fuller Institute of Evangelism and Church Growth.
  6. Black Applause Leaders for Scholarship recognition, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Delta Rho Sigma Chapter, 1992.
  7. Who’s Who in America in Christian Leadership; a publication of The American Christian Leadership Council, 1989.
  8. Pacesetter Role Model Award, Akron Branch of the NAACP, 1989.
  9. Citation of Special Recognition for Christian Leadership and Service from The Ohio House of Representatives, the 117th General Assembly, 1988.
  10. Pastor of the Year, Moody Bible Institute Pastors’ Conference, 1987.
  11. Recipient of the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Governor's Humanitarian Award, Jan 2018
  12. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, The University of Akron, May 2016

Family life

Bishop Johnson has been married to Pastor Cathy since 1973. She has been an integral part of The House of the Lord; serving in many capacities since its inception.  Pastor Cathy is an ordained Pastor and Elder of their church, as well as an extremely talented and anointed vocalist. She is also the Director of Women Walking Together in Christ (WWTIC), an outreach ministry for women that extends to other churches and cities.

​Bishop Johnson and Pastor Cathy have two adult children and seven grandchildren.

Bishop Johnson’s life has been one of steadfast, passionate pursuit of his Heavenly Father and His righteousness. He demonstrates God’s compassion and love for all people, with a special heart for the downtrodden and less fortunate. God has honored Bishop’s obedience and anointed his preaching of His Word and ministry with the power of the Holy Spirit in a dynamic way.

The Bishopric

Bishop Johnson was promoted to the Bishopric through the providential wisdom of God and at the request of the senior pastors he mentors. His consecration and ordination in 2004 was accompanied by having the Doctor of Divinity degree conferred upon him by the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops Congress.

On May 14, 2016, Bishop F. Josephus Johnson received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from The University of Akron. Bishop Johnson serves as Presiding Bishop of the Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches. For more information, go to

Within the Christian community at large, Bishop Johnson’s apostolic responsibilities include the oversight of Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches. The Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches was created to be a source of spiritual covering, encouragement, practical leadership development and team building, as well as a haven of rest for senior pastors, their spouses, and other church leadership. Bishop Johnson offers four decades of pastoral wisdom and guidance to the senior pastors of these churches and their congregations.

About Bishop

Bishop Flanvis Josephus Johnson, II, better known as Bishop Joey, is the Organizer and Senior Pastor of The House of the Lord® church in Akron, Ohio and the Presiding Bishop of the Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches. As a visionary, Bishop Johnson founded Johnson Leadership Institute (formerly known as the Pastoral Mentoring Institute), where he utilizes his powerful gifting to train and mentor senior pastors and other church leaders to be more effective in their local churches and to make an impact on today’s society and generations to come for the cause of Jesus Christ.

As a lover of The Holy Scriptures, with keen intellectual curiosity and an insatiable appetite for reading, Bishop Johnson founded Emmanuel Christian Academy and Logos Bible Institute to present opportunities to both children and adults to become educated and equipped in the foundation of God’s Word.  Bishop Johnson is a biblical theologian and an interdisciplinary aficionado of biblical truths often teaching by unveiling the character of God and His ways.