Bishop Darlingston Johnson, Senior Pastor
Bishop Darlingston G. Johnson, D.Min., D.D., is the Presiding Bishop of Bethel World Outreach Ministries International, a global organization which has planted more than 325 churches – 17 of which are based in the United States of America – schools, and ministries in over 25 nations located in Africa, North America, Europe, Australia and South America. He is also the Senior Pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church—City of Hope in Olney, Maryland, a multicultural congregation of 2,000 members from over 45 nations.
A diligent servant of God, Bishop Johnson has given his life to fulfilling the Great Commission and raising up devoted leaders and disciples who live lives of purpose and passion. He serves in a number of other leadership capacities in various cutting-edge organizations. He is the Founder and CEO of Frontline Ministerial Alliance, the Chairman of the African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network and an Executive Board member of the Awakening America Alliance. In addition, Bishop Johnson is the Founding Chairman of the African Immigrant Caucus, an organization whose mission it is to mobilize African immigrants politically, empower them to take their seat at the table of power and give them a voice in shaping policies that affect them.
A scholar, Bishop Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in 1981. In 1984 he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and received The Outstanding Master of Divinity Student Award. In 1986 he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. In 2009, Bishop received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bishop Johnson is the author of several books; Light For Your Journey: Essential Building Blocks for a Successful Life, Anointed for the Marketplace, This One Thing I Do, and Good-bye Worry, and his most recent book Grace That Overcomes. His blog, “A Moment of Grace” presents insightful truths based on the Word of God and his own experiences. It is read by people in more than 150 nations. His television ministry is aired locally and internationally to a potential audience numbering in the millions.
Bishop Johnson has received numerous recognition from religious institutions and civil governments, including being presented the Key to the City of Douala, Cameroon, the Key to the City of Monrovia, Liberia, and the Key to the City of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He is married to Pastor Chrys Johnson, M.A., his partner in life and ministry.
Pastor Chrys Johnson, Senior Pastor
Pastor Chrys Johnson is the Co-founder and Pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church—City of Hope. Pastor Chrys is passionate about seeing healthy, strong, Christ-centered families fulfilling their purpose in the earth. She leads the Family Ministry—Couple’s Ministry, Children’s Ministry and oversees the preparation of engaged couples for marriage. She travels often with her husband both nationally and internationally to minister.