Former Aledo man to speak in Pasadena

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Reverend Dr. Dennis L. Johnson is the featured speaker at a biennial luncheon for Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board, set for Friday, June 26 at the Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom.

Dennis is the son of Darlene and the late John E. Johnson of Aledo. He is a 1967 graduate of Aledo High School.

Dr. Johnson, a noted preacher is senior minister of Charleston Baptist Temple in Charlseton, W. Va. He was ordained by American Baptists in 1976 and has been the senior minister of two Chicago area churches, Geneva Road Baptist Church in Wheaton and Moriane Valley Community Church in Palos Hills.

Dr. Johnson has focused his ministry on the spiritual formation of believers and vital worship by the congregations. He is a self-proclaimed "bridge builder" and serves on the Charleston Human Rights Commission. He looks for ways to address matters of racism and violence. His commitment to building bridges within the Baptist family globally and locally is reflected in his service in various capacities within the Baptist World Alliance, ABCUSA and the West Virginia Baptist Convention. Currently, he is the parliamentarian of the ABCUSA General Board.

Dr. Johnson has a particular interest in bridging theology and literature, especially fiction and poetry, along with faith and the arts. The arts and literature have long played a significant role in his own spiritual formation and theological reflection for ministry.

Dr. Johnson earned a bachelor of fine arts/drama degree from Quincy University, Quincy; and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard. He is the field education supervisor of Palmer Theological Seminary's extension program in West Virginia and a member of the Board of Trustees of Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, W. Va.