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Servant Leader Jacob D. R Johnson

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Our Servant Leader & Pastor/Teacher Jacob D. R. Johnson

Pastor J is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and the eldest son of Wendall and Carrie Reeves. His personal testimony centers around the words of the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 3:8, "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ". 

Pastor Johnson is a 1997 graduate of Cleveland Benedictine High School having won three OHSAA State Championships (Basketball & Track). In 2001 he earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the College of Wooster and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership.  He is the founder of Equipping You With the Word (EYWW) Ministries, author, golfer, domino, and spades player.  Pastor J accepted his call to preach in October of 2003 at the young age of 23. One year later, his call was affirmed as he was licensed to preached the Gospel by Dr. A. Charles Bowie at The East Mount Zion Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. His initial sermon served as the message for the ordination of 6 Deacons who were commissioned to serve.  In 2009, the ministry of Pastor J was given an open door as he was ordained by Dr. J. Louis Felton at the Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI.  His favorite hymns are ‘Oh How I Love Jesus’ & ‘Christ Is All’.  He is a huge supporter of The College of Wooster where he holds two school records in Track & Field, The Ohio State University, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Columbus Blue Jackets.  That's right, he is a serious sports fan.  

Jacob D. R. Johnson is serving as the fifth Pastor of The Growing Valley Baptist Church of Lancaster, CA.  His watch began officially on July 31, 2011 where GVBC and the community celebrated "A Gift From God's Heart" (Jeremiah 3:15).  A loving, anointed, and appointed Pastor, Teacher, & Evangelist- "PJ" - as he is commonly called by the youth of GVBC seeks to serve this present age thru the message of the cross of Christ in a practical way.  From day one he has been a blessing to both the church and the Antelope Valley Community. Following a Moses of our time in the person of Pastor Walter E. Forte Jr, Pastor Johnson has truly become our Joshua leading with confidence, charisma, and character. Most importantly is the fact that Pastor Johnson is a bible teaching, bold preaching, Holy Spirit filled servant leader who is always seeking the more excellent way for his family, this ministry, and our community. 

In a short period of fifteen years (15), Pastor J has served in various capacities in both the marketplace and ministry. He believes this is what God used to prepare him for sacred service and leadership. In the marketplace has coached high school and college football as well as basketball and track, being responsible for the development of young men and women. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, two terms as Vice President of the local NAACP, Founder/Chair of the Board of Directors of 3CG: The Community Contact Center for Growth, and writer for the R.H. Boyd Publishing Company. In ministry, God has opened doors at every level (local, state, national); this includes his current assignment as Vice President At Large of the Moderators’ Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention USA, Incorporated. He has served as 1stVice President and Far West Regional Vice President of the Moderator’s Auxiliary, President & Vice President of the Young Adult Convention and Scholarship Committee Member of Western Baptist State Convention, as well as Moderator of Tri-County District Association.

 

Pastor J immensely loves his family and friends. Without a doubt, Pastor J undeniably has a charge to keep, a God to glorify, and a discernable call to serve this present age. As he continues to forward into the kingdom press, he does so accepting all the prayers he can get from the saints, knowing full well he is exhibit one that people need the Lord.

 
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