A Great Legacy Continues…
I’m sure he never thought his name would continue the legacy of the late Honorable Bishop James A. Johnson as Pastor of Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., but God knew that Pastor Julian R. Johnson was destined for something great. Although he began pastoring in 2017, he has been involved in various facets of ministry; to include over 25 years of service with the PAW Inc.’s CEOS, 3 years as Evangelism Director for the IPYPU, Treasurer for the Midwestern District Council, Board Member for the IMD, Ecumenical Leadership Council Member of Greater St. Louis, Member of the Korean and African American Pastor’s Association of Greater St. Louis, and his most recent elevation as District Elder in the Puerto Rican District Council under Bishop Gregory Irving.
As congregation leader (2015-2017) and then pastor, the Lord has allowed him to grow the ministry by 10%. His strategy has included implementation of noon day bible class for seniors and evening workers, new members classes, development of ministry curriculum for those coping with loss, and establishing more community outreach initiatives. He also installed Bethesda Temple’s first female Assistant Pastor.
Pastor Johnson leads the Bethesda Temple family with the scripture John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” and after the mantra “Enter expectantly, you will depart triumphantly!”