“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” 1 Timothy 1:6 NKJV.
Guided by the above text, the ministerial department of the Atlantic Caribbean Union seeks to encourage, affirm, and challenge its pastors and their spouses to a faithful commitment to their call to ministry and the execution of pastoral ministry, emulating the example of Christ in reaching members and non-members in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Therefore, in collaboration with the shepherdess organization, the ministerial department works through its counterparts at the local fields to:
- Provide relevant training to equip pastors to be effective agents of Christ in preaching, teaching, visiting, and enabling members to realize their potential in Christ.
- Facilitate the training and development of ministerial interns.
- Encourage pastors to learn an additional language, preferably French or Spanish, as a means to reaching effectively the various ethnic groups within the union’s territory.
- Source the relevant personnel and materials as well as encourage adequate budgetary provision for ongoing training and development of pastors in professional and graduate degree programs, therefore strengthening the ministerial force to fulfill the mission of the church and to be better equipped for today’s membership.
- Host a retreat once every five years, bringing pastors and spouses together to bond, retool, and fellowship.
During his more than 30 years in ministry, Dr. Johnson has served the Adventist Church in the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands as a church pastor and a departmental director for youth ministries, communication, and ministerial as well as the Spirit of Prophecy coordinator. In addition to being a pastor and departmental director, he also served the church in the Bahamas as the executive secretary (1999-2003) and the president (2003-2010) of the Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (now South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists).
With the restructuring of the then West Indies Union into two unions (Jamaica Union and the Atlantic Caribbean Union) in 2010, Dr. Johnson was elected as the president of the Atlantic Caribbean Union headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas and responsible for overseeing the Adventist work in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 2015, he was reelected as union president.
Among his contributions to the Bahamian community is serving on the Airport Authority and Nassau Airport Development boards for three years. In 2016, Queen Elizabeth II awarded him the national honor Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG) for services rendered to the church.
Dr. Johnson is the author of two books and scores of articles published in magazines such as Priority, Ministry (the Spanish edition), and The Message. He has conducted seminars and participated in training up to the doctoral level for the Inter-American Division Theological Seminary and the Euro-Asia Division, in particular Ukraine and Moscow. His numerous preaching assignments have taken him to the United States, London, Italy, Moscow, Ukraine, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Dr. Johnson loves to write, computers, traveling, reading, and spending time with family. He is married to his special friend, Denise Cooper, a registered nurse and guidance counselor. They have two adult children, Larnelle and Darnell; a
daughter-in-law, Ivy; and a grandson, Ike.