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Bishop Darlingston G. Johnson, D.Min., D.D., is the presiding bishop of Bethel World Outreach Ministries International, a global organization that has planted more than 200 churches (18 of which are based in the United States of America), schools, and ministries in more than 25 nations located in Africa, North America, Europe, Australia, and South America. He is also the senior pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church—City of Hope in Olney, Maryland, a multicultural congregation of 2,500 members from more than 45 nations.
A diligent servant of God, Bishop Johnson has given his life to fulfilling the Great Commission and to raising up devoted leaders and disciples who live lives of purpose and passion. He serves in a number of other leadership capacities in various cutting-edge organizations. He is the founder and CEO of Frontline Ministerial Alliance, the Chairman of the African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network, and an executive board member of the Awakening America Alliance. In addition, Bishop Johnson is the founding chairman of the African Immigrant Caucus, an organization whose mission is to mobilize African immigrants politically, to empower them to take their seat at the table of power, and to give them a voice in shaping policies that affect them.
A scholar, Bishop Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in 1981. In 1984 he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and received the Outstanding Master of Divinity Student Award. In 1986 he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. In 2009 Bishop Johnson received an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.
He is married to Pastor Chrys Johnson, M.A., his partner in life and ministry.