Bishop Robert G. Johnson, Sr., the second son of the late Bishop Albert B. Johnson and Mother Edna D. Johnson, was born on May 19, 1940 in South Carolina. His family later moved north to Pennsylvania and settled in a little town called Darby Township. He attended the local schools for his early education and graduated from Ridley Township High School in 1958.
Upon his graduation, he was hired by the City of Philadelphia as a clerk/typist in the Department of Public Property. In 1960, he was promoted to the position of Accounting Clerk in the office of the City Controller. In 1961, he transferred to the Philadelphia Water Department. During this time, Pastor Johnson continued his education by enrolling in the Columbia Business School in Philadelphia. In 1968, he was accepted at LaSalle University where he completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration majoring in Accounting.
He then went on to become the Chief Accountant for the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, Finance Director for the Philadelphia Model Cities Program, Director of Fiscal Operations for the Philadelphia Allied Action Commission (currently called the Mayor’s Office of Community Services), Budget Director for City Council, Staff Director for the Philadelphia Charter Change Commission, Special Assistant to the President of the City Council, and finally Administrator for the City Council of Philadelphia.
All of those accomplishments were achieved by the help of God and his strong commitment to the principles of the Christian Doctrine. Because of this commitment and his desire to grow in the ministry, he attended The Manna Bible Institute at the Philadelphia Campus. This was not done because he desired attention or fame, but because “HE LOVES THE LORD.”
Bishop Johnson has a beautiful wife of forty-two years, Lady Beatrice E. Johnson, who has been by his side throughout the very difficult times of his career. He has five adult sons, Robert Jr., Brian, Minister Duane, Charles, and Minister Albert, whom he is very proud. Three of his sons work very closely with him in carrying on the work of the Lord at the church. Two of his sons support him from a distance with love and respect of his work.
Bishop Johnson lives his life as an example to his sons as well as to other men that have been affected by his character as a Man of God. As E. James Wilder once said…..
“Come on guys! Let’s at least try to struggle honestly. We need to be confronted by our actions, messages, and shortcomings if we expect to learn and grow. No more hiding behind excuses. No blaming others. No hiding behind phrases like, “This is jus the way I am.” Let us have a look at who we are or that is the best indication of who our sons will become.”