Bishop Loretta Smith-Johnson is the Senior Pastor of Shekinah Glory Christian Church in Newark, NJ, a thriving inner-city non-denominational church with a prophetic mandate to impact the world. A native of Newark, NJ, Bishop Smith-Johnson assumed this pastorate in 1986 when the church was Zion United Church of Christ. Under her leadership and in response to an influx of renewed hope, life and vision, Zion was transformed into Shekinah Glory Christian Church.
With over 33 years in ministry, preaching, teaching, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, Bishop Smith-Johnson is an international Kingdom leader with an accurate Word from God in her mouth. She was ordained by the Presbytery of Newark, NJ at Roseville Presbyterian Church under the pastorate of Rev. Oliver Brown and was consecrated to the office of Bishop in 2003, by her Apostolic Father, Bishop Donald Hilliard II, Presiding Prelate of The Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship and Cathedral Assemblies (CEFCA) with co-consecrators Bishop J. Delano Ellis and Bishop Cynthia James.
The Right Reverend, Bishop Ordinary, is the General Secretary and 2nd Assistant Presiding Prelate of CEFCA; member, instructor and speaker at the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops; inductee into The Morehouse College MLK Jr. Board of Preachers 2010; founder of Safe House International Pastors, The Kingdom Leadership Development Institute, The Adjutants & Armourbearer Academy, Mission Heart, and Carmi Ministries—a global organization that activates, prepares, and empowers church leaders to deliver fluent, effective ministry in the Apostolic and Prophetic flow with excellence. Bishop Smith-Johnson is the engaging host of the Women Live On the Line international conference-call every Friday—rendering life-saving, life-changing words of wisdom, teaching, prayer and discussion for women around the world.
Professionally, Bishop Smith-Johnson is an educator, Human Resource consultant, Life-coach and lecturer. She is the director and founder of Zion Learning Center Day Care and Hope Academy K-12 Christian accredited school (both reorganizing with new enrollments and leadership). Bishop Smith-Johnson is a professor of African-American History and U.S. History at Kean University (Union, NJ), professor of Sociology at Essex County College (Newark, NJ), a doctoral Hilliard Fellow at Drew University (Madison, NJ) in the area of Church Leadership/Church Renewal. Bishop Smith-Johnson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Kean University and a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University with high honors.
Tireless in her commitment to God and ministry, Bishop Smith-Johnson has implemented many outreach programs that are vital establishments for hot meals, groceries, clothing, and quality of life services in the community she serves. She is especially anointed to love and minister to the street-torn soul, the weary wanderer, and those considered hopeless. It has been in answering this call that Bishop Smith-Johnson has come to know the Almighty, All Loving, and Sovereign Savior.
Bishop Loretta Smith-Johnson shares her life with many, but most intimately with her husband, Pastor Alexis Johnson, and their family.