Bishop Johnson

Bishop Alfred Johnson


Bishop Alfred Johnson is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1996-2004.

Bishop Alfred Johnson was born to Earl E. and Cora Johnson in Philadelphia, PA. He credits his loving and praying parents and his home church, Tindley Temple UMC, with giving him a strong foundation in the Christian faith.

He received an A.A.S. from Community College of Philadelphia. He went on to receive a B.A. from Albright College, Reading, PA, his Th.M. from Boston University School of Theology, and a D.Min. in Urban Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC. Albright and Centenary Colleges granted him honorary doctorates in Divinity and Humane Letters, respectively.

He was ordained deacon and elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. His first full-time appointment was as Pastor-Director of the Chester Missionary Project of Chester, PA. Later, he was appointed pastor of Tioga United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia. From 1983 to 1986 he served as pastor of Leola UMC in Leola, [Lancaster County] PA. From 1994-1996 he served as district superintendent over a section of Philadelphia.

Alfred was elected a delegate to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conferences 1984-1996 and a delegate to the General Conferences of 1988 - 1996. Prior to election as a bishop he served the denomination as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Development Fund, chair, the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Jurisdictional Multi-Ethnic Center for Ministry, chair, NEJ Court of Appeals and various other task groups.

Alfred Johnson was elected to the episcopacy in July, 1996, and assigned the New Jersey Area. As a bishop he was assigned to the General Council of Ministries, NEJ Urban Steering Committee and the Multi-Ethnic Center.

He retired from the active episcopacy on September 1, 2004, and served as interim pastor of the Huntington-Cold Spring Harbor Church on Long Island, NY, from November 2004 June 30, 2005

On February 5, 2005, Alfred married the Reverend Sherrie Boyens Dobbs. She passed in March of 2020.

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