Minister Johnson

Minister Darryl L. Johnson’s personal mission is to manifest God's love to the world through his life, and to seek God in all he does — To always work on his character! To mentor, organize and administer his life according to the values and goals that God has revealed. Darryl is a proud husband and father of five biological children and one grandson. He is proud of his three Ann Arbor Public School graduates, one of which will be attending the University of Michigan to obtain her Masters.  Two daughters remain in Ann Arbor Public Schools and will graduate in 2020 and 2025.

Minister Johnson moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and has been involved with the Black Parents and Student Support Group for many of those years. He is very involved in several community efforts.  He is on the Board of Directors for Mentor2Youth, a local 501 (c)3 that is committed to empowering youth to excel in life, academics and work. He sits on the steering committee of Washtenaw My Brother’s Keeper, a county-wide transformation and youth empowerment collaborative. He is a proud reader for the local organization Black Men Read.

Minister Johnson was born in Kansas City, Missouri (hence a Chief’s fan).  He settled in San Diego after a 3 year stint in the Marine Corps. Minister Johnson came into the ministry under the tutelage of the late Reverend Forrest Hancock, Sr., Pastor and Founder of Freewill Missionary Baptist Church in Linda Vista, CA in December of 1990. He has since served in several churches, Phillips Temple, C.M.E. (San Diego), Isom Memorial, C.M.E. (Belleville), St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (Ann Arbor) and currently serves under Reverend William J. Powell, Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church House of Solutions (Ypsilanti) where Minister Johnson currently resides.

Minister Johnson has not completed his formal education. He has taken courses in Accounting (Heald’s Business College), Psychology (San Diego City College), and Business Administration (San Diego City College, Rockhurst College {non-profit administration}).  He attends workshops and conferences to stay abreast of the ever changing landscape. He is a strong advocate of lifelong learning and continues to study many topics devoted to nonprofit organizations. His main topic is that of Christian Living and Church Life.  One major conference that was a great influence was the Gamaliel Foundation’s Community Organizing Conference attended in 2004. The semantics of how to run an organizing campaign and how to win real, concrete improvements in folks lives left an indelible mark. Minister Johnson attended the United Way Governance Series 2018. This was a powerful series that reinforced and created some new ideas regarding Governance, Boards, Meetings, and Racial Equity.

He is proud to be a Servant-Leader.