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Rev. Richard Johnson

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  • B.A.
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  • BA First Chaplain of New South Wales
  • B.A First Chaplain of NewSouth Wales
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  • B.A. First Chaplain
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Richard Johnson Founding Pastor of Sanctuary Columbus Church Training Facilitator with ReNew Partnerships
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Pastor Richard Johnson
It wasn't unheard of for Richard Johnson to spend days and nights on end binging in drug houses and drinking himself into a stupor. His prevalence to overdose was commonplace and expected. From the time he was born, his life had been nothing but turbulence, turmoil and temptation. Nevertheless, from the outside looking in, the vast majority of the time, everything appeared to be copasetic.
Richard Johnson is the pastor of an outstanding church, We Are One Christian Fellowship located in Greensboro, N.C. He is the overseer of other churches as well as the founder of other faith-based ministries. However, the Mississippi native has traveled a long road to redemption and even further to complete healing. He was raised during the Jim Crow era and is no stranger to hard living and hard work. He vividly remembers the outhouse, the slop bucket hanging on the line and the scrub board. It was a way of life for him as well as all other blacks who lived during that time period.
Drugs, alcohol, prostitution and violence were also a way of life for Johnson and his family. He dealt with dysfunction from both sides of his family. His mother was disowned by her wealthy family and his father's family was mired in death and witchcraft. Ironically, he was afforded the opportunity to attend a private catholic school during his early educational years until his family relocated to Hartford, Conn. It was the beginning of dealing with a life of extremes, for him which he would never begin to deal with or confront until many, many years later.
The dysfunction within his family was so deeply embedded it didn't even appear to be dysfunction, rather just a way of life. "I grew up in a violent, bloody home in Mississippi," says Johnson. "I learned to numb the pain with heroin and cocaine. Unfortunately, my family and I turned to narcotics and prostitution; that's how we lived. Things became so bad that Johnson's mother sent him to Piney Woods Country Life School, a boarding school in Mississippi.
Johnson appeared to have it all together. He was working, he had money and he dressed well. He never bummed off anyone; not even for a cigarette. However, it was all a facade, a part that he played and played very well. It was the life he lived. "No matter what city I moved to people would act like they knew me. I lived a life of duality-I was nice and nasty," he says. "I was nice and professional in the business environment, and I was successful. I've never been broke. I've never looked bad but I was an addict. Not only was he an addict but he was in denial.
After living in several different areas from Newark, N.J. to Brooklyn, N.Y., Johnson moved to North Carolina and began running one of his uncles McDonald's restaurants on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was one of many times that he relocated but it was the one that proved to be the catalyst for complete change and reformation within his life.
Johnson recalls the day his life changed forever. He remembers coming home on a Sunday morning from a four day binge at a drug house, so high and drunk and depressed that he doesn't even recall being lucid. He just remembers meandering from one room to the next and on his way to the bathroom his girlfriend, who would soon become his wife, stops him and says we are going to church today. After a few minutes of refusal, he soon relented when he realized she wasn't going to back down. What followed was nothing short of a miracle. They attended a college ministry service located in the student union on the UNC campus. Johnson says it's important to note that he didn't want to be there. He reeked of gin, and continued to still drink on the way to the service. He was also still high from all the cocaine and other drugs still pulsating through his veins. Even sitting through the service he remembers hanging his head, not because of an overwhelming sense of guilt and conviction but out of disdain. He even says he was sizing up the women.
Nothing but sickness kept Johnson from missing a day of church from that point forward. The ministry eventually moved off campus and began planting churches elsewhere and Johnson became the pastor of a church planted in Greensboro. After dealing with many often overlooked and under evaluated issues and even scandal within the organization he began to realize that the church as a whole was not dealing with the root issues that many people face; issues that prevent true healing. There were issues that he struggled with himself, even though he was a leader.
Johnson believes he has been given a mandate to help lead people to their place of healing and reconciliation through Jesus Christ by establishing Real Love Ministries. It is a faith-based organization that seeks to look at the implications of an individual's background and what happened to them in the past and how it effects their present day situation. He realized he needed this help for himself. He became very transparent with his own church and told them he needed healing. He realized that he went from escaping into drugs to escaping into church work. He even suggested that all church organization leaders take at least a year and deal with these issues in order to make themselves better individuals and thereby become better husbands, wives, friends and soldiers for God.
"My family is full of drug addicts, convicts, prostitutes and unsuccessful marriages. I am the curse breaker for my family. I will teach people how to identify these generational patterns," says Johnson.
Richard Johnson, 6 April 2011 [cached]
Richard Johnson
Rev Richard Johnson, image from State Library of NSW
Rev Richard Johnson, image from State Library of NSW
The Rev Richard Johnson was a Church of England clergyman who served as chaplain to the colony of NSW from 1788 to 1800. He was also a successful farmer at Canterbury Vale and Ryde.
Glebe connections
The word 'glebe' dates back to Middle English and was used to represent a piece of land belonging to the Church and lent temporarily to a member of the clergy to provide income. In 1790 Governor Arthur Phillip granted Richard Johnson, as Chaplain to the colony, four hundred acres west of the Parramatta road as a potential farm site.
Without adequate assistance to clear the land Johnson found little use for the glebe, and in a letter to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel described it as "400 acres for which I would not give 400 pence".
Max Solling states that early maps suggest that land near the corner of Glebe Road and Mitchell Street was cleared by Richard Johnson in the early 1790s as he endeavoured to cultivate his land. However, he was more interested in his own land grant which he named Canterbury Vale, and which he worked successfully.
Richard Johnson
The Reverend RichardJohnson, an Anglican clergyman, was appointed as first Chaplain to the colony. Governor Phillip saw his function as a "moral policeman" to the convicts, but the chaplain viewed his position as a God-given door of opportunity to preach the Gospel to the "dregs of humanity". Johnson was a product of the evangelical revival in England. Born in 1757 at Welton, near Hull, he was educated at Magdalen College, Cambridge. He graduated with a BA in 1783, and was ordained a deacon and priest by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1786. Five months before the First Fleet set sail, he was recommended to the post of Chaplain by William Wilberforce, the philanthropist, and Rev. John Newton. Pitt approved of the appointment.[2] Johnson was the first of a group of pastors who ensured that evangelical Christianity dominated the Protestant church in Australia for the whole of the nineteenth century.[3]
Naturally, it was Johnson who was expected to carry out these duties. His job as chaplain was not an easy one, as he was expected to be submissive to the authorities who were more concerned with "goodness and not salvation". Johnson's tasks included officiating at hangings and acting as magistrate when needed. In the first five years, he conducted 226 baptisms, 220 marriages and 851 funerals.
From the records of letters, journals and other documents he left, we know that Johnson was a man of strong Christian character and commitment. He exhibited great courage in the face of incredible hardships. Johnson and his new wife, Mary,[7] sailed for Australia with the First Fleet on 13 May 1787.
Johnson was constantly frustrated by the lack of support he received from the authorities. He and his wife lived in a cabbage palm hut for the first three years while the Governor had two grand mansions. Many times his family was short of food. After waiting patiently for four years for a church to be built for him, he finally built one himself. In the face of great difficulties, he showed persistence and dedication. He finished the church in spite of Governor Grose's continued opposition. J. D. Walsh described Johnson as "humble and dogged".[9] In performing his regular duties, Johnson often had to travel many kilometres on horseback, by boat or on foot, in all kinds of weather.
An interesting self-portrait of Johnson is given in his description of qualities he looked for in a prospective clergyman required for the penal colony. He suggested:
A man of plain habits, and who humbly yet zealously devotes his time and talents in the discharge of his clerical duties, than one of more refined taste or profound learning, and who for this very reason may not be so diligent in visiting them, which from experience I have found so important a part of a minister's duty, and as the most likely means of his being made useful.[10]
Johnson was a clergyman and an evangelist with a deep sense of calling, a great lover of the Bible, a man of prayer, and a man of compassion. However, he was also a man of action and able to relate to the working class man. He often visited the convicts in their own huts and even took an Aboriginal girl, who had contracted smallpox, into his home for several months. In spite of the general lack of response he received from the convicts, he never gave up hope that they would one day respond to the Gospel.[11] He continued faithfully to proclaim the Gospel until the day he left. He wrote:
I trust I have not laboured wholly in vain, and I trust in time, in spite of all opposition and obstacles, God will make bare his holy arm in the conversion and salvation of the souls of men. . . . Last Sunday I preached I suppose to not less than six or eight hundred, and I have since heard that one at least went away sorrowful and heavy-hearted, and some others rejoicing in the Son of God manifested towards them.[12]
Johnson was a man with a vision for Australia and beyond; he was a man with the heart of God. In his Address (1792), he concluded by saying he was:
Longing, hoping and waiting for the dawn of that happy day when the heathen shall be given to the Lord Jesus for His inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession and when all the ends of the earth shall see, believe and rejoice in the salvation of God.[13]
Richard Johnson's importance as a pioneer Church of England clergyman has been firmly established by historians Neil K. Macintosh, George Mackaness, Manning Clark and James Bonwick.[14]
In 1794, Rev. Samuel Marsden was appointed to assist Johnson in his ministerial duties.
That is why Johnson, Marsden, Threlkeld, Rowland Hassall and others were educators as well as missionaries.
[2]George Mackaness, Some Letters of Rev. Richard Johnson, BA First Chaplain of New South Wales, Australian Historical Monographs (Dubbo: Review Publication, 1978), pt. 1: p. 6.
The Principle of Individuality: Johnson had been uniquely gifted and prepared by God for a distinctive purpose.
[5]Mackaness, Some Letters of Richard Johnson, BA.
[7]Macintosh, Richard Johnson, pp.
Johnson married Mary Burton from the parish of St Poultry, London.
[8]Mackaness, Some Letters of Richard Johnson, B.A First Chaplain of NewSouth Wales, Australian Historical Monographs, pt. 1: p. 7.
[9]Quoted in Macintosh, Richard Johnson: Chaplain to the Colony of New South Wales, p. 101.
[10]Macintosh, Richard Johnson: Chaplain to the Colony of New South Wales, p. 101.
1, 2, & 3 (Sydney: Charles Potter, 1889-95); Mackaness, Some Letters of Richard Johnson, BA: First Chaplain of New South Wales; and Neil K. Macintosh, Richard Johnson: Chaplain to the Colony of New SouthWales (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1978).
1, 2, & 3 (Sydney: Charles Potter, 1889-95); Mackaness, Some Letters of Richard Johnson, BA: First Chaplain of New South Wales; and Neil K. Macintosh, Richard Johnson: Chaplain to the Colony of New SouthWales (Sydney: Library of Australian History, 1978).
[12]Mackaness, ed., Some Letters of Rev. Richard Johnson, BA: First Chaplain of New South Wales, Australian Historical Monographs, p. 41, in a letter to Henry Fricker Esq., on 4 October 1791.
[13]Richard Johnson, An Address to the Inhabitants of the Colonies (London, 1794); reprinted in Graham McLennan, ed., Understanding our Christian Heritage (1989) 2: p. 24.
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