Our Pastor

Bishop Craig W. Johnson, Th.D.

Bishop Craig W. Johnson is a native Californian born in Riverside. After graduating high school, Bishop Johnson attended California Baptist University where he received a BA in Religion and a BA in Behavioral Science. He continued his education studying Social Work and Public Administration at Cal State San Bernardino and Sacred Literature at Trinity Theological Seminary. In 1999, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Pentecostal Bible College. In 2000, he received an earned Doctorate of Theology from Pentecostal Bible College. In 2011 Bishop Johnson received an Honorary Doctorate along with the Father of Faith Award from Next Dimension Bible College. Bishop Johnson has held many secular positions including that of Peer Group Counselor, Group Counselor-Probation, Employment Services Counselor, Social Service Worker, Independent Living Skills Program Coordinator, Service Program Specialist, and Social Services Supervisor.

Bishop Johnson previously served as the Chairman of the Southern Counties Independent Living Skills Network (covering counties from Santa Barbara to San Diego). He formerly held the positions of Chair of the Family Preservation and Support Planning Body of Riverside County and Vice President of the Advisory Board of the Black Infant Health Program. He was nominated to the International Who’s Who of Professionals in 1998 and 2001. He was installed as Overseer of the Inland~Orange District of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship in October of 2000. On July 12, 2005, Bishop Johnson was consecrated to the holy office of Bishop by the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship and faithfully served as the Southern California State Bishop through January 2010. On March 4, 2006, the Riverside Chapter of the NAACP awarded Dr. Johnson the Drum Major Award for Religious Service. In 2007, Bishop Johnson was awarded Premier Membership to the Continental Who’s Who of Professionals and Executives. In February of 2012, Bishop Johnson was appointed as the International Bishop of Ministerial Alliance within the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship under Bishop Paul S. Morton and faithfully served through July of 2013. In March of 2014, Bishop Johnson was appointed as the Provincial Leader for the US West Coast for Global United Fellowship under Bishop Neil C. Ellis and was officially installed as such on November 11, 2014. On July 14, 2016, Bishop Johnson was elevated and installed as the Metropolitan Bishop for the Western Deanery. In this position, Bishop Johnson oversees (3) Provincial Leaders and (18) states.

Bishop Johnson is the Visionary of Cathedral Of Praise International Ministries (COPIM). COPIM was organized in April of 1995 with 17 members. In 22 years, the membership has grown to over 3500. Bishop Johnson has developed numerous ministries designed to meet the needs of the people. Along with the church, Bishop Johnson has developed Harvest Of Praise Ministries, a ministry designed to bring people of all races, denominations, and creeds together.

Bishop Johnson is married to Demetria and has three beautiful daughters, Jasmine, Deborah, and Tiara. He notes his hobbies as “Peace & Quiet”.