Bishop Dr. Lawrence Johnson
Bishop Lawrence O. Johnson Sr., the eleventh of twelve children born to the late Rev. Joseph and Sarah Johnson, on September 26th, 1960. As a child, he was privileged to be reared in a God-fearing home with his parents and grandmother Lily Belle Merritt. His praying mother, Father and grandmother nurtured him faithfully until they made their exit to glory.
At the impressionable age of 10, he felt the call to preach, practicing often on his brothers and sisters. Bishop loved playing the drums and organ, it wasn’t long before he became the Minister of Music at the Church of God, in Bridgeton, NJ. Bishop entered into the Ministry in 1980 and continued to grow in the grace of God. In 1986, he was ordained by Pastor Wilson Walker, to the office of an Elder and later became the Assistant Pastor, until Pastor Walkers’ exit to glory.
As the Lord continued to groom Bishop, he was installed in 1990 as the Assistant Pastor to the late Bishop King E Burnett, serving in this capacity until Bishop Burnett’s exit to glory in 1996. Immediately following the passing of the late Bishop Burnett, Bishop Johnson then became the President and Overseer of the Apostolic Deliverance Church Inc. Faithfully serving in this capacity for 11 years, he was ordained to the office of Bishop, on April 28th, 2007. In addition, bishop also served as Vice President to the late Bishop Nathaniel Parker, of the 5th Sunday Union of Churches. On May 19th, 2014, by the divine will of God, Bishop received his Doctorate of Divinity Degree.
After much prayer and expansion of the vision, Bishop became the Founder, of the Christian Love Church, Inc. formally known as the Apostolic Deliverance Church, Inc. He is presently in the infant stages of the expansion of the Christian Love Church Movement, determined to walk in his purpose while sharing in “Kingdom Building. Bishop is the husband of the lovely, Pastor/Overseer, Karen E Johnson.
This wonderful union has been blessed with four beautiful children, Lauren, Karen, Lawrence II, and Karl; all four are gifted, talented, and anointed by God. In addition to two son in laws, Michael & RayMoan, one daughter in law, Tatianna, and three wonderful grandchildren, Katelyn, Michael III, Mariah, and Lorenzo. Bishop is Most commonly known for his humorous personality. No one can deliver a message from the Lord with a smile like he can. With a warm smile and laughter, he invokes strength and stability to the listening audience.