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Dr. Andre E. Johnson is the Founding Pastor of Gifts of Life Ministries
an inner-city church built upon the servant leadership philosophy. He is married to Lisa Jones Johnson, owner of 4 Peaceful Resolutions
, a conflict mediation company. As a called-centered, mission group-oriented, servant leadership church, pastor Johnson leads a congregation that last year served over 8,000 meals, clothed over 250 persons, counseled over 70 individuals and families, and visited many sick and incarcerated people. He leads a congregation that focuses on the Word of God in the feeding of the hungry, healing and deliverance of the sick and oppressed, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, visiting the prison-bound, educating the unlearned and loving the unloved.
Dr. Johnson also leads a socially conscious and socially relevant ministry. He and G’Life have been at the forefront of many of the social justice activism in Memphis, Tennessee. Grounded in his call to ministry, it is not uncommon to see Dr. Johnson leading, organizing, and participating in protests, vigils, marches, boycotts, and other direct social actions. His faith has led him to take part in efforts to reform our prison system, economic and poverty issues such as Fight for 15 and living wage initiatives, police misconduct and brutality issues, and issues surrounding race. He was also one of the lead architects in #TakeEmDown901, the successful effort to remove confederate statues in the City of Memphis lead by County Commissioner Tami Sawyer.
In addition to his work in the church and community, Dr. Johnson also serves in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis. He teaches in the areas of rhetoric and religion, media studies and African American Public Address. He formerly served as the Dr. James L. Netters Associate professor of Rhetoric Religion and African American Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor teaching in the areas of Black Church studies, urban ministry, and rhetoric and religion.
Additionally, Dr. Johnson serves as the curator and director of the henry McNeal Turner Project; a digital humanities project devoted to the collection of the writings of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. He also has started the Center for African American Rhetoric and Public Address; a center devoted to the appreciation, understanding, and scholarship of African American oratorical tradition. He also serves as editor of the popular Rhetoric Race and Religion Blog
and is the editor of a book series
under the same name with Lexington Books.
Dr. Johnson has presented academic papers at national, regional, and state conferences winning awards at each level, has published essays in the Black Theology Journal and holds membership in several national, regional and state associations in the areas of Communication, History, African American and Religious Studies.
In addition to what many consider groundbreaking work on Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson maintains an eclectic research agenda. Ongoing research projects explore the nexus between rhetoric, theology and the Bible, social movement discourse, religion and politics, the religious rhetoric of Barack Obama, religion and media and more recently, the prophetic rhetoric of W.E.B. Du Bois and the rhetoric of Donald Trump. Moreover, Dr. Johnson is currently working on a book that will incorporate his ministry of social activism currently titled, “Preaching Justice” that he hopes to have out by next year. He has earned top paper awards in national, regional, and state academic conferences and he is in great demand as a preacher, lecturer, social justice activist, and workshop leader.
Read Dr. Johnson’s CV here