Bishop Johnson

Presiding Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II, better known as Bishop Joey Johnson, is the 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-five years has equipped him to impart wisdom for issues related to church growth and development, business management, leadership and team building.


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.


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 ten books, The Church: The Family of Families, God Is Greater Than Family Mess, The Eight Ministries of the Holy Spirit and 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 God; The God Who Grieves and The Ravages of Rejection; and The Blindness of Biblical Betrayal published July, 2019.


Bishop Johnson is married to Pastor Cathy Johnson.

Bishop Johnson's Awards and Accomplishments (partial list)

  1. 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. 

  2. The Fugitive Safe Surrender Program, a collaboration between The House of the Lord, The U.S. Marshall’s, and various Court Systems throughout Summit County, resulted in thousands of people with arrest warrants turning themselves in without violence and receiving favorable consideration and leniency from the Judicial System. 

  3. Winner of Church Business Magazine's first-ever Praiseworthy Sermons Contest, 2007.

  4. Voted one of "The World’s Most Loved Pastors" by Gospel Today Magazine, 2004.

  5. The Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor's Humanitarian Award, 2003  United Pastor In Mission Presidential Award, 2002.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Black Applause Leaders for Scholarship recognition, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Delta Rho Sigma Chapter, 1992.

  9. Who’s Who in America in Christian Leadership; a publication of The American Christian Leadership Council, 1989.

  10. Pacesetter Role Model Award, Akron Branch of the NAACP, 1989.

  11. Citation of Special Recognition for Christian Leadership and Service from The Ohio House of Representatives, the 117th General Assembly, 1988.

  12. Pastor of the Year, Moody Bible Institute Pastors’ Conference, 1987. 

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