Dean of the House of Bishops
John Johnston was raised in Covesville, Virginia and his faith tradition was as a Southern Baptist. John Johnson attended then Covesville Baptist Church, where his father was a Deacon and Sunday School, as well as a teacher of Men’s Group. His mother was a Sunday School teacher for young adults while his Grandmother taught women’s group. His older brother taught a boys group known as Royal Ambassadors. His Great Uncle was an Evangelist named Rev. Cecil Anderson of Hagerstown Maryland. Abp. Johnson was first baptized at the early age of 5 and has grown in faith since that time. John Johnston was a Virginia Licensed Private Investigator & Armed Security Officer for 21 years and a business owner with 38 employees from 1975-1996.
He also attended the Virginia DOCJ Law Enforcement Training Course and Certified as a Special Police Officer 1991, He was sworn Special Police Investigator for 5 Years with local police Department, When he was called into the ministry and felt that the Lord lead him to preach and help others in Christian faith and do much more. He converted from his Baptist tradition to Anglicanism.
He was ordained as an Episcopal Deacon in 1997 by Episcopal Bishop William Conner of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Dallas Texas and Ordained Episcopal Priest in 1998 by Bishop William Conner and then consecrated as a Bishop in 2001 by Bishop Gregory Godsey of Hopkinsville Kentucky as Roman Catholic. He was later reconsecrated by Anglican Bishop Bruce Campbell as an Anglican Bishop in New Rochelle, New York was in 2002, His Lines of Apostolic Succession follow under Bishop Bruce Campbell. He felt the Lord lead him to Anglicanism and that this was the path he needed to follow. His religious studies were required for service, so he attended The Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University and earned a Graduate of Biblical Studies 1991. He attended Holy Cross Theological Seminary from 1991-1998, and several curriculum studies of Religious Studies and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Biblical Studies, a master’s in psychology and philosophy and earned his Doctorate in Pastoral Family Counseling. At the Metropolitan Christian University, he also earned a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2017
He was then elevated to Archbishop and Patriarch and Metropolitan of Evangelistic Apostolic Church Diocese by the Independent College of Bishops and twelve-member advisory council which voted upon to elevate him to Archbishop where he currently serves to this date. He served as Pastor of Good Hope Church in Lanexa Virginia from 2001-2019. He is a Member of the International College of Bishops since 2017 and serves as First Vice President. He is currently the Chancellor and also a Professor of Metropolitan Christian University in Louisville Kentucky since 2016. Archbishop Johnston is the current Presiding Prelate of the United Evangelical Episcopal Church. His Motto: “One step at a time In the Lord.”