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Bishop Alfred Johnson

United States

1200 Lakeshore Dr. #3A
Oakland, CA 94606

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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 and with nurturing him in his faith journey.

A product of the Philadelphia public schools, Alfred graduated from South Philadelphia High School and 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 in a cross-racial appointment as pastor of Leola UMC in Leola, [Lancaster County] PA. For the next two years he served as a full-time Conference Consultant to local churches and conference agencies until his appointment in 1988 as Executive Director of the United Methodist Metro Ministries, Inc., the urban agency of the Philadelphia Area. 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; NEJ Conference Boundaries, Urban Steering, Racial Inclusiveness, Program Review and Program and Arrangement Committees, 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 has been a frequent presenter and workshop leader in the areas of human relations, urban ministries, race relations, leadership and church planning.

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. In July 2005, Bishop Jeremiah Park asked him to work to strengthen the congregational ministries of the three United Methodist Churches of the Village section of New York City.

On February 5, 2005, Alfred married the Reverend Sherrie Boyens Dobbs.