Rodney L. Johnson Sr. is the son of Hazel Dallon and the late Eddie Johnson Sr. He is a native of Killona, Louisiana where he was exposed to the love of God at an early age. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of 10 and was called to preach in 1968 at the age of 11. His first sermon preached abroad was at the Greater New St. Peter Baptist church, of Edgard, Louisiana. The sermon was entitled: “Here am I send me”, from Isaiah chapter 6:8. Rodney attended Killona Elementary and later graduated at Hahnville High School. In 1981, Rodney was ordained as a Gospel preacher by the “St. Charles Missionary Baptist Association” under the leadership of his Pastor and mentor, the late Dr. John B. Davis Jr. In 1982, Rodney was called to serve as presider at the Historic Bethlehem Baptist Church during the illness of the late Rev. Sidney H. Davis. During which; he attended Union Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a Bachelor of Theology Degree in 1983. In 1984, he became Pastor of the Historic Bethlehem Baptist Church subsequent to Pastor Davis’s indefinite illness. In 1998, Rodney received a Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Theology from Andersonville Baptist Theological Seminary in Camilla, Georgia.
The Historic Bethlehem Baptist Church quickly grew and today is a vital part of the Christian community. Pastor Johnson’s teaching and preaching is making an impact in Hahnville; including the surrounding areas. He has authored two books: “The Scars of Christ” and “The Last Days”. Rodney is widely recognized as an orator of the gospel. He has been instrumental in leading many to Christ and has received numerous awards from parish officials for his outstanding contributions to the betterment of society. In 2007, He was called to serve as Pastor at the Bell Baptist Church in Luling, La. following the death of his (good friend) the late Pastor Eugene Turner.
Rodney is married to Michele Johnson and is the father of Jasmin, Rodney Jr, and Keyanna Johnson. He is also the grandfather of Sa’niya and Jordyn Johnson. To date, Pastor Johnson has been preaching for 45 years. His greatest desire is that of ministering to the youth, compelling the lost and impacting the saints through the word of God so that they will ultimately be confirmed to the image of Christ.