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Dr. Johnny Minick

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Senior Pastor

Local Address:  Smyrna , Tennessee , United States
River of Life Church

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    The Johnny Minick Family
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Elijah School of Performance, 10 April 2012 [cached]
Johnny Minick
The senior pastor of River of Life Church in Smyrna, TN, Johnny is also a renowned singer, producer, songwriter and accomplished musician. He traveled and sang with his wife Sherry and son Aaron as a family group, and more recently with the Happy Goodman Family. Johnny serves on the board of directors Allison Durham Speer Ministries.
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Johnny Minick - Singer and Pastor
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I found it interesting to learn where Johnny began and where he has ended up in life.
Johnny felt the call to preach in 1968, at the age of twelve.He started at that young age preparing his life for the road that God had called him on.At the age of fifteen, he, along with his dad, affectionately called Papa John, organized an all male quartet in Arkansas called The Majestic Sounds.It was while he was with this group that The Happy Goodmans first heard him play the piano and started urging him to join them.Though Johnny is known for his singing today, he had already gained the reputation of an accomplished pianist, winning all the Assembly of God talent contests he could enter.
In 1974, Johnny married his lovely wife, Sherry, and the next year finally gave in to the urgings of The Happy Goodman Family and started playing the piano for them.As much as Johnny enjoyed playing on the road with The Happy Goodmans, in 1978, after being with this well known group for three years, he felt the call of God to start evangelizing, so he formed The Johnny Minick Family, and they traveled the country singing and preaching.Johnny stressed the point that from the time he started evangelizing with his family group, that preaching has been heavily involved in every work they have done.
In 1984, Johnny started a new church in Little Rock, Arkansas, which was also named River of Life Assembly of God.After getting the new church on its feet, Johnny felt the call again to go back into evangelizing with his family group.He did this quite successfully until 1993, when he accepted the challenge of starting another church from the ground up, and in nine short years has built a very spiritually charged church in Smyrna, Tennessee with approximately 30 people.The church today runs 500.
When the Happy Goodmans began working on their Reunion Album, they asked Johnny to produce it for them.The Happy Goodmans were about to re-enter the Southern Gospel Music arena after this Reunion Album, but unfortunately Sam and Rusty both became very ill, and could no linger continue to travel.After the deaths of Sam and Rusty, the excitement of seeing The Happy Goodmans on the Gaither Videos, had generated enough interest for Howard and Vestal to approach Johnny about singing with them.They tried it a little, and the sound was so close to the "old" Happy Goodman sound, that there was an immediate call for them to continue singing using Johnny Minick.
I have often heard Vestal refer to Johnny as her Pastor, and after interviewing Johnny I can understand why.He feels that his roll in the Happy Goodmans is that of a servant, honoring the many years of service that Howard and Vestal have put into the ministry themselves.
Even The Goodmans like to hear Johnny preach.
As to River of Life Church, Pastor Johnny Minick, feels that there has been a strong foundation built up to now, preparing for the doors that God is opening up for ministry.
Just this year already, God has opened up the doors for local TV to air the morning services, and now no sooner than local TV has been developed, National TV and Radio are interested in working with Johnny and the River of Life Church.The church under Johnny's direction has also moved slowly into the movie market, producing their first family oriented film "Summer of Courage."You can find out more about this film by going to , or you can order it here through
Johnny has tried to offer something a little different to attract the attention of young people, by allowing his son, Aaron to ramrod an evening service every Sunday night, featuring a more contemporary worship service.
Oh, did I mention that Johnny Minick is my Pastor, and River of Life is my home church, and you can find me singing in the choir on most any given Sunday.
I would also like a way to contact Johnny.I have tried to use the contact button on his web site but it does not work.I really want to know what his concert schedule is since I tried to find that out at his web site and that does not work either.
Johnny Minick - Singer and Pastor
Johnny Minick, River of Life and Lari Goss
Goodman Revival: Happy About the Songs of Their Lives | Southern Gospel Update, 9 Oct 2014 [cached]
Tanya Goodman Sykes, Michael Sykes and Johnny Minick, each of whom are seasoned Christian music veterans, have joined together to perform and record as a trio, capturing the musical styles and heritage that have endeared them to countless people around the world.
On the road since the age of 17, Minick performed with The Happy Goodman Family in the mid-'70s as a piano player before starting his own family group. In 1996, he rejoined The Goodmans, forming a trio with Howard and Vestal Goodman. The three of them toured together for five years, recorded several projects and appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming events. In addition to his singing career, in 1993, Minick started River of Life Church, in Smyrna, TN, which he still pastors today. "Singing with Goodman Revival feels like more of a gift than anything," explains Minick. "God has given us something with this. - your online source for all southern gospel music news, 5 April 2005 [cached]
Clients currently represented by Southern Spin Entertainment are Johnny Minick, Hope's Call, The Imperials,, Three Hills Music Group, HisSong, Christlike, Jonathan White, Sondra Burnett, The Bowlings, Embrace, Steve Hurst School of Music, Everlasting Hope, The Pathfinders, The Quicks, Crystal River, VoiceFull Praise Ministries, Red River Boys, Dave Grim, Peace River Quartet, Daniel Ray Ministries, The Royals, Master's Voice, The Heirborn Quartet, John Keaton, Kymberly Brown Wooten, Carolan Freeman, His Way II, and Sunday Edition.
Frank Butler - Evangelist, 13 July 2014 [cached]
You keenly manage your pulpit time and you respect the flow of the Holy Spirit. -- Pastor Johnny Minick, Smyrna, TN.
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