Bishop Johnson

Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II - Biography

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 for both children and adults to become educated and equipped in the foundation of God’s Word.


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. Within the Christian community at large, Bishop Johnson’s apostolic responsibilities include the oversight ofBeth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches.


The Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches was organized to be a source of encouragement, a source of practical Christian leadership development and team building, as well as a haven of rest for senior pastors, their spouses, across this nation and even the world. As organizer and senior pastor of The House of The Lord, Bishop Johnson offers over four decades of pastoral wisdom and guidance to the senior pastors of these churches and their congregations.

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. 

The Author and Entreprenuer

Bishop Johnson is a prolific and renowned author.  He has authored five books on subjects covering a wide range of subjects such as the family, relationships, church doctrine, and the Holy Spirit.  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.  

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In 2007, Bishop. 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.


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