Our Pastor

Rev. R. Patrick Johnson


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The Reverend Ryan Patrick Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 22, 1987 and was reborn into Christ and baptized at the historic New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church by Pastor Robert Smith, Jr. in 1996. His journey began at an early age under the influence of Pastor Smith, Pastor Keith D. Wilson, Sr. and the late Rev. Dr. J. Allen Caldwell.

Reverend Johnson attended and graduated from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences in June 2005. The Lord called Reverend Johnson to minister by instilling a passion for his word, his people and his journey. His fervent desire is to be obedient to the Lord, his Holy Spirit, teach the glorious gospel of the Kingdom and introduce the gift of everlasting life to all. Rev. Johnson received his license June 29, 2008 and was ordained on January 23, 2011 at New Bethel Baptist Church under Pastor Smith's leadership. Rev. Johnson has also attended Ecumenical Theological Seminary of Detroit in January 2012.


On November 12, 2016, Pastor Ryan P. Johnson was called as the 3rd Pastor of the Greater Burnette Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, “The Church That Burns With Heavenly Fire And Sinners Are Caught In Christ’s Spiritual Nette”. Prior to being called to Greater Burnette, Pastor Johnson served the First Baptist Institutional Church of Detroit, Michigan from January 2012 until November 2016, first as Interim Pastor and was then elected as Pastor later that same year. While at First Baptist, Pastor Johnson served faithfully as a bearer of the Word of God; a Minister of the Sacraments, and a sustainer of the love, order and discipleship of the people of God through his fiery preaching, teaching, singing and overall care and concern for God, his people and the issues that plague our
community and beyond.


Reverend Johnson served in many capacities, such as Associate Minister, Teacher for Sunday and Vacation Bible School, Counselor for Youth, Soloist, Choir Director and Musician at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Class Instructor for the Michigan District Congress of Christian Education and Finance Manager in the Executive Ministry Team of SCREAM Youth Empowerment, LLC.

Reverend Johnson is currently a member of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity. He is also the Vice-Moderator of the Fellowship Baptist District Association of Churches under the leadership of District Moderator, Bishop Lawrence J. London, Sr., General Secretary of the Baptist, Missionary & Educational State Convention of Michigan, Incorporated under the leadership of State Convention President, Rev. Dr. Wallace R. Mills, Jr., and is a proud member and affiliate with the
National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated. In August 2018, the Michigan Chronicle recognized Pastor Johnson as one of fifty (50) “Men of Excellence” honorees, individuals who are visionaries in their given fields and inspire those around them to go beyond the norm and strive for the exceptional.
Known as the "Stretch Out!" preacher, Pastor Johnson has delivered soul-stirring, unforgettable messages to many congregations in the Metropolitan Detroit area and beyond, including, "The Dog In Me", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel" and "The Eagle Is Still Stirring" (a tribute to the late Reverend Clarence LaVaughn Franklin).
He is married to the former Crystal Kelley and their marriage is blessed with four lovely children, Dwayne, Naomi, Raven and Rhyan, each child with a gift of praise.

Pastor & Lady Johnson
Pastor & Lady Johnson

Pastor Ryan and Lady Crystal Johnson

The Johnson Family
The Johnson Family

(Top Row): Dwayne Maton, Jr., Lady Crystal L. Johnson, Pastor R. Patrick Johnson; (Bottom Row): Naomi Maton, Rhyan Johnson, Raven Maton

Pastor R. Patrick Johnson Preaching
Pastor R. Patrick Johnson Preaching

Sunday Morning Worship