Bill and Gale Johnson
After Bill Johnson served as a civilian chaplain for seniors in Oakland for 6 years, most of that time while attending CRPC with his wife Gale, the Johnsons were called to return to France through REF (Reformed Evangelistic Fellowship) for a second chapter of working with the Evangelical Reformed denomination for 3 years (after nearly 10 years in the ‘90s, while raising their children). Bill pastored a church and launched a project to recruit and accompany French pastors going to West Africa to teach pastors in a young Presbyterian denomination they had learned about through their daughter Kyria and another MTW missionary, Donnie.
When they returned to their home in Aliquippa, Beaver County in the fall of 2019, they were led by God to begin attending the nearby PCA congregation, New Life – Hopewell Township. Because REF has enabled missionary-evangelists to work in North America in financially-supported ministries for decades, Bill proposed and his mission and the New Life session accepted him as a called assistant pastor to work as a missionary-evangelist in the congregation that seeks to renew its ministry. Bill has led the session to make prayer for outreach a part of regular meetings, organized two regular prayer meetings, and begun a Sunday School series on “Biblical Foundations of Evangelism.” He projects leading some training in personal evangelism, and is seeking collaboration with neighboring PCA churches. Bill most recently traveled with a French colleague to W. Africa in Feb. 2020, and hopes to return when pandemic restrictions are lifted. Bill is grateful to be a mission partner with CRPC.