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Rev. Corey D. Johnson
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Rev. Corey D. Johnson is currently serving as the Administrative Director of Community Health and Well-Being at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. He is endorsed by the American Baptist Churches (USA) Inc. as an institutional chaplain. Professionally, Rev. Johnson is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) recognized by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Rev. Johnson has received specialized training in the area of pediatric chaplaincy and is certified by the Pediatric Chaplain’s Network (PCN). Also, the Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc., and the International Association of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, has certified Rev. Johnson as a certified instructor in “Nonviolent Crisis Intervention” techniques. Rev. Johnson was awarded the 2008 Outstanding African American Alumni from Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS) for his demonstrated thirst for theological education, passion for ministry, and commitment to community service.
At Le Bonheur, Rev. Corey D. Johnson serves as the administrative director of the newly formed division of Community Health and Well-Being, Rev. Johnson heads all of the current Community Outreach programs – such as LEAD, the Center for Children and Parents, Safe Kids, Community Health and School Health. Rev. Johnson also oversees the Social Work, Palliative Care and Spiritual Care departments.
Rev. Johnson oversees the hospital’s ethics initiatives, supervises operations and planning for multiple hospital business units, develops strategies and goals for Le Bonheur’s pediatric outreach programs and serves as a member of the hospital’s senior leadership team. The division of Community Health and Well-Being also has strong ties with Le Bonheur’s Public Policy department and with Voices for Memphis Children, a new department that will partner with other institutions throughout the city as a large advocacy voice in the community for our children.
Prior to coming to Le Bonheur, Rev. Johnson worked as the Associate for International Youth Development with the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention. He led youth and young adults, from ages six (6) to thirty-five(35) to explore the world from a global context. As the leader of International Youth Development, assisted churches throughout this country nurture a new generation of world leaders. Rev. Johnson has worked in ministry efforts in Canada, Italy, Kenya, Niger and Somalia. Rev. Johnson led collaboration work for Lott Carey with the National Baptist Convention, (USA) Inc. on tsunami relief efforts for Eastern Africa in Somalia. Hunger relief work with the All-African Conference of Churches in Niger. Rev. Johnson also worked closely with the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc., (NBCA) on Hurricane Katrina relief centers in the affected areas in the Gulf States. Also, Rev. Johnson led nonprofit organizational collaborations that operated in various levels of national fundraising, project monitoring and evaluations.
In ministry, Rev. Johnson is an ordained Baptist minister of 17 years. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in North Memphis. Previously Rev. Johnson served as the senior pastor of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in the urban setting of Canton, OH from 1998-2003. He created and served as the CEO of the nonprofit entity called Jerusalem Resurrection Ministry that concerned itself with the holistic spiritual development of the believer and nonbeliever in exchange of common, social principals. Rev. Johnson is the former Progressive Ohio State president and has served on the regional board of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio. Rev. Johnson served as a state commissioner after former Ohio Governor, Robert Taft, appointed him to the Commission of African-American Males for a two-year term.
Educationally, Rev. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The University of Tennessee at Martin (1993) and two master’s degrees from Memphis Theological Seminary (Masters of Arts in Religion (MAR) -1995, Masters of Divinity (M. Div) – 1997). Rev. Johnson served as adjunct faculty at Walsh University and Malone College respectively in Canton, OH. He taught and designed courses on African-American Religion and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.: A Theology of Nonviolence, the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, and Faith and World Views. Rev. Johnson has completed and received his certificate for Clinical Pastoral Education (2007) from the Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN specializing in trauma and pediatric care.
Rev. Johnson is also a veteran of the Gulf War as a member of the 1174th Transportation Company and served in country in combat as support for the 1st Armored Division. Rev. Corey D. Johnson is the parent of four children (Ashera, Caleb, Cyrah and Carrington). Rev. Corey D. Johnson holds membership in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and NAACP. Rev. Johnson’s motto for success in life is “...study hard, work hard, and reach your goals by moving onward and upward toward the Light of Jesus the Christ!”