Getting to know our bishop-elect

June 09, 2020
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Deon Kevin Johnson was born November 8, 1977. He grew up with his mother and grandmother in Church Village in the parish of Saint Phillip in Barbados. At the age of 14, he and his older brother immigrated to New York to attend high school and live with their father and step-mother. He has citizenship in both the United States and Barbados.

Bishop-elect Deon is married to Jhovanny Osorio. The couple has two children: Lilohalani, age 10, and Ja’Lon, age 8. The happy family also has two dogs and three chickens. He loves the outdoors, good conversation and good food. 

Since moving to the St. Louis area in late February, Bishop-elect Deon says he and his family have been enjoying Midwest hospitality. From gifts of gooey butter cake from his new neighbors to engaging Zoom conversations throughout the diocese, the Johnson family is settling into their new home.

“I’ve lived in a lot of places,” Bishop-elect Deon said, “but I’ve never been anywhere so friendly and welcoming and warm.” 

Here is more about Bishop-elect Deon’s experience coming into this new position:

Education: 

  • The General Theological Seminary, New York, NY
    Master of Divinity

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    Bachelor of Arts in English and History; Associates degree in Biology

Ordination: 

  • Deacon - June 15, 2003
  • Priest - December 19, 2003
  • Bishop - (scheduled for) June 13, 2020

Ordained Experience:

  • Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brighton, MI, 2006-2020
  • Consultant with The Office of Black Ministries, New York, NY, 2012-present
  • Associate Rector at Christ Episcopal Church, Shaker Heights, OH, 2003-2006

Wider Church and Community Service:

  • Taskforce for Liturgical and Prayer Book Revision, 2018-2021
  • Deputy to the General Convention for the Episcopal Church
  • Standing Committee of the Diocese of Michigan
  • Liturgy Consultant to General Convention, 2012 & 2015
  • Past Co-Chair of Diocesan Revitalization and Strategic Visioning Process
  • Whitaker Institute Faculty
  • Chaplain to the Union of Black Episcopalians
  • Diocesan Council of the Diocese of Michigan
  • Vital Congregations Chair
  • Diocesan Commission on Liturgy and Music
  • Diocesan Electronic Communications Commission
  • Emrich Retreat Center Advisory Board Chair
  • Past Chair of the Becoming the Household of God Stewardship Conference
  • Board Member of Livingston County Diversity Council
  • Board Member of Livingston County PFLAG Association
  • President of the Brighton Ministerial Association

 

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