Biography – Billy R. Johnson

Billy R. Johnson is a native of Birmingham, AL.  After attending Jacksonville State University where he pursued a degree in music, he transferred to Beulah Heights Bible College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Education.  In 2003 he satisfied the course requirements for a Master of Christian Education and one year later earned a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, GA.  He is currently enrolled in the doctoral program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he will earn a D. Min. degree in Pastoral Theology in Practice.

In October 1991, Pastor Johnson founded New Covenant Christian Ministries where transforming all people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ remains his paramount goal.  Committed to developing and maintaining a standard of excellence in Christian service, it remains his desire that people experience a true manifestation of God’s presence, not only in the worship and teaching services, but in every area and every day of their lives.  His service to the local church is further expressed in his dedication to the Network of Local Churches (Columbus, Ohio), under the leadership of Dr. La Fayette Scales, where he sits on the advisory board.

Pastor Bill, as he is affectionately known, is a gifted and skilled musician and singer whose ability to bridge contemporary and traditional worship styles afforded him the opportunity to serve as Dean of Chapel at Luther Rice University for many years.  He now serves as the Director of Chapel at Beulah Heights University.  He has also blended his extensive experience as a minister of music with his call to the pastorate to form The Church Musician, a company designed to help churches and ministries identify, train, and develop musicians, worship leaders, and music departments.

Pastor Bill has felt a responsibility to use the art of media to reach beyond the walls of the local church.  In 1998 he began broadcasting New Covenant’s television program, The Voice of Covenant, in his local viewing area.  The Voice of Covenant is now being made available to an international viewing audience through the use of live streaming and other social media outlets.

This loving and Christ-like man shares his life and ministry with his wife, Dr. D’Ann V. Johnson, and their son, Stephen Darius.  Whether teaching, preaching, ministering in music, moving among his congregation, or spending time with his family, it is easy to sense the presence of the Lord on his ministry and on his life