Rev. Robert L. Johnson ’91

Rev. Robert L. Johnson ’91Rev. Robert L. Johnson ’91
Senior Pastor, Tindley Temple United Methodist Church
South Philadelphia

Rev. Robert L. Johnson ’91 is a native of Philadelphia, Pa. Today, he serves the people of historic Tindley Temple United Methodist Church in South Philadelphia as senior pastor.

Rev. Johnson’s ministry has been focused on at-risk youth in the Philadelphia area. He’s helped to create low cost summer camps, choirs, drama ministries, afterschool programs, and community partnerships to help at-risk youth gain employment and reach their full potential.

A graduate of Bok Technical High School in South Philadelphia, Rev. Johnson earned an associate of arts degree from Morristown College, Morristown, Tenn., and a bachelor of arts degree from Albright College. From Albright, God led him to the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where, in 1995, he was blessed to receive a master of divinity degree. While in Dayton, he also served as pastor to Residence Park United Methodist Church.

After completion of his Seminary education, Rev. Johnson was appointed to Simpson-Fletcher United Methodist Church in West Philadelphia. Under his leadership, God blessed the church with outstanding growth, both spiritually and in membership. Rev. Johnson served Simpson-Fletcher for 14 years. From 2009 to 2014 he served Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia.

Rev. Johnson is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Black United Methodist Preachers, The Black Empowerment Group, the NAACP, The Interdenominational Pastors Alliance and a host of other civic organizations.

He is married to Charnita M. Zeigler-Johnson, Ph.D. ’92, who is a vital part of his ministry. They have two children, Chareina Carrie and Robert James. Rev. Johnson’s favorite scripture is, “I can do all things through Christ Who Strengthens Me.” -Phil 4:13