Superintendent Ross Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church of God in Christ, 3947 Glenwood Ave. Youngstown, is being honored at a dinner today in celebration of his 40 years in ministry.
The beginning: Superintendent Johnson began preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in July of 1970 at age 17 under the mentorship of the late Superintendent Nolan Brown.
Education: A graduate of Western Reserve High School, he earned two baccalaureate degrees in psychology and communication studies from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Secular career: Retired Aug. 1, 2008, from General Motors Delphi Packard Electric Division after serving in various management positions for 30 years.
In the COGIC: He was ordained in 1978 by the late Bishop Robert S. Fields, and later received a certificate of pastoral studies from Emmaus Bible School in 1989. Superintendent Johnson has served as pastor of Bethel Church Of God In Christ, his second pastorate, for 17 years. He previously was the pastor of the Zion COGIC, Toledo, for six years. On July 17, 2008, Superintendent Johnson was appointed pastor of the Mount Zion COGIC in Sandusky. On Feb. 26, 2006, Superintendent Johnson was installed as the district superintendent of the Greater Mahoning Valley District of the Ohio North First Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ. He has served the church as the District Young People Willing Workers (Y.P.W.W.) president, Warren 2 District, and regional president of the Evangelist Department and Y.P.W.W. of Ohio North First Jurisdiction. In July of 1989, he was appointed by Bishop William Morgan James as the jurisdictional secretary of the Ohio North First Jurisdiction, where he served through the tenure of Bishop James and continued to serve Bishop Walter E. Jordan until 2008. In January 2008, Bishop Edward T. Cook appointed Superintendent Johnson administrative assistant and director of ministry development.
Family: He and his wife, Sheila, have been married 34 years, and they have adult children, Tamara and Kevin.