Rev. Dr. Loretta Johnson, Pastor
Rev. Loretta Johnson began her ministry at Calvary on July 1, 2020. Rev. Johnson is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She previously served as the pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Rev. Johnson also served as the pastor of Asbury UMC in Hagerstown, MD, Ames-Sudbrook UMC in Pikesville, MD, and associate pastor of Clinton UMC in Clinton, MD. In addition, she was the Executive Director of the St. Paul’s Christian Center in East Baltimore, MD. Rev. Johnson currently serves on the Building and Locations Committee, Greater Washington District Committee on Ordained Ministry, Black Clergy Women, BWC Conference Investigations Committee, and BWC District Superintendency Committee. She previously served on the Evangelism Committee and Black Methodists for Church Renewal.
Prior to full-time ministry, Rev. Johnson worked for the Federal Trade Commission as a
telecommunications manager. In addition to her supervisory and management duties, she
designed, coordinated and installed telephone systems in field offices throughout the
United States. She retired from the Federal Government after 32 years of service.
Rev. Johnson has a Masters of Divinity degree from Howard University and has completed
her dissertation on Christian Bullying for the Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Virginia
Theological Seminary. She has earned many certificates and diplomas in counseling,
spiritual development, addiction and grief counseling, and organizational management.
Aside from her pastoral experience, Rev. Johnson worked as a chaplain at various
institutions in the District of Columbia, including the Med Star Washington Hospital Center,
National Children’s Medical Center, St. Elizabeth Hospital and former D. C. General Hospital.
She is a certified addictions counselor, grief support coordinator, and retreat facilitator for
various private, public and spiritual organizations. She served on missionary HIV-AIDS assignments in South Africa and Barbados and has been enriched by her travels to Israel, Egypt, Mexico, Haiti, Greece and Jamaica. Her passion is conducting seminars and retreats on spiritual dynamics, meditation, and social issues to enrich individual, family and community relationships.
Rev. Johnson is very proud of her amazing daughter, three talented grandchildren, and an
adorable great-grandson. Her favorite song is “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and her favorite scripture is Hebrews 13:2 because she never meets a stranger.