Our Pastor Emeritus

Suffragan Bishop Val Johnson

Val  Johnson was born in Chicago, IL on January 6, 1917.  He made the important decision to be saved in june, 1937, and became part of the Morgan Park Assembly. Then he met Leah Thomas. They were married April 1938. They were blessed with five children, including a set of twins. 

Val Johnson was called to the ministry or preaching in 1943.  While at the Morgan Park Assembly, he occupied the following positions:

 

Sunday School Teacher

Young People’s Chairman

Illinois District Young People’s Chairman.

 

 He worked for the United States Department of Agriculture from 1948 to 1950, as an inspector of meat.  Eld. Val Johnson left in 1948 to pastor a newly formed congregation, The New Jerusalem Pentecostal church in South Chicago.  After pasturing this congregation for four years, he later returned to the Morgan Park Assembly.

After his return to Morgan Park Assembly, he was appointed to the position of assistant pastor.  This is where he remained until he received his Doctoral  Degree In theology in 1959.

In September 1962, Dr. Val Johnson was lead by God to the city of Peoria, where he pastored The Pentecostal Church of Jesus until his retirement in December, 2008.  He became a suffragan bishop in January of 1994.