About Our Pastor
REV. DR. ANDRA JOHNSON
Dr. Andra Johnson is a devoted husband to Rhonda Johnson and through this union they one son named Amaris. Dr. Johnson received his B.S. in Urban Forestry and later obtained both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Urban Forestry and Environmental Science from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. After completing his studies at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Johnson returned to his alma mater at Southern University and A&M College where he served as a Professor in Urban Forestry for 13 years.
Dr. Johnson is a consummate proponent of leadership and human development as such he continues to work to improve on his leadership skills so that he may better serve people. He is a certified member of the John Maxwell Leadership Team and a graduate of LEAD 21: Leadership for the 21st Century.
Professionally, Dr. Johnson spent 14 months at Alcorn State University’s School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences (AREAS) where he served as the Director of Research.He currently serves as Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Baton Rouge, La.
Dr. Johnson was called into ministry in June 2009. He was later licensed and ordained under the late Dr. Ronald T. Williams of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA., where he now serves as Pastor. He also serves as Pastor of the Sweet Home Baptist Church in Winnsboro, LA.
Dr. Johnson believes that as believers, we are all called to always be ready to give a reason as to the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). Thus, as one called to a specific office in the body, the charge to equip the saints is of utmost importance (Eph. 4:12-13). The overarching goal of ministry is found in Matthew 28:19-20, which indicates that God desires that people live lives indicative of his presence, leadership, and an unequivocal faith in Him. Effective ministry develops mature Christians able to withstand, endure, triumph, and ultimately represent the embodiment of God’s will for humanity. Apart from the Word of God, this is not possible. Therefore, study and practice of the sacred scripture is necessary for proper nourishment and growth (John 1:1-4; 2 Tim. 2:15). It is after such steadfastness that we are able to truly appreciate the byproduct of God’s grace toward us (3 John 1:2). It’s for these reasons that Dr. Johnson places great emphasis on an educated people in the things of God. Dr. Johnson has received a number of awards and recognitions however his greatest achievements lie in seeing God’s people excel in the things of God.