Dr. Apostle Armenia Johnson
Bishop Wilbur Johnson Jr.
Dr. Apostle Armenia Johnson Bio
Dr. Armenia Johnson is the Chief Apostle and General Overseer of Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. She is a native of Pittsburgh, PA where she graduated from Schenley High School. She began her formal education in New York City, attending the Church of God In Christ Jesus Bible College for five years and continued to acquire certifications in specific fields of Juvenile Law and Psychology. She also attended New York Community College, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Cornell University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
In her early 20’s, Dr. Johnson was appointed as National Field Director and later ordained by Dr. W.H. Amos, Chief Apostle, in October 1987, as an Evangelist of the Church of God in Christ Jesus, Inc. She was ordained and appointed as National Evangelist of Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, Inc. by Apostle and Bishop P.E. Jennette. She was appointed by her brother, Apostle and Bishop Wilbur Johnson Jr., as the General Overseer of Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. and then as Apostle. Dr. Johnson continues with the tutelage of Apostle Leroy Thompson, Sr., Ever Increasing Word Ministries, Darrow, Louisiana.
Dr. Johnson along with her brother Bishop Wilbur Johnson, Jr. founded Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. in March of 1991. She has served as an Associate Professor for Community College of Allegheny County and has conducted various workshops and seminars in various cities. In August 1997, she had bestowed upon her an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Theology. Dr. Johnson is a professional gospel singer, and has recorded and traveled extensively. She has been preaching the Word of God for over fifty years and has participated in services with Juanita Bynum, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Shirley Caesar, and many others. She has served as Associate Pastor with St. James Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA. She served as a Senior Associate Pastor with Nazarene Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA for several years.
Dr. Johnson was Pastor of Holy Temple of Heavenly Vision Ministries for fourteen years. Heavenly Vision Ministries continues to grow through the sons and daughters of the ministry. As the Chief Apostle and General Overseer of Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. their covering includes In God’s Hands Ministries, Inc., in Greenwood, South Carolina; Self-Care Restorative Solutions, LLC, in Gahanna, Ohio; Living Word Christian Center of HVM, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; Omega Arts and numerous ministries in Pittsburgh, PA and various other locations.
Dr. Johnson has over forty years of combined social service experience, thirty of which have been in Allegheny County. In 1988, she was appointed the State Director of the One Church One Child Initiative for the State of Pennsylvania. She has served on many boards and committees throughout the State of Pennsylvania which include: Holy Family Institute; University of Pittsburgh Runaway and Homeless Youth Network; Mayor’s Youth Task Force; and continues to be involved in support of families in crisis.
In 2016, Dr. Johnson was given the vision to begin Kingdom Daughters United to, in part, kindle afresh the gifts that God has given His daughters, thus allowing them to use those gifts for His glory.
Dr. Johnson is the mother of three sons, one god-daughter and has ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She has many spiritual sons and daughters.
Bishop Wilbur Johnson Jr. Bio
Bishop Wilbur Johnson Jr. was the oldest of six children born on January 31, 1937 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Deacon Wilbur Johnson Sr. and Annie Mae Johnson.He became saved and baptized at a young age at the New Light Temple Baptist Church. His parents formed the Johnson Gospel Singers, in which he performed with his brother, sisters and other relatives. They traveled around the country ministering with the top gospel singers of that time. He attended school in Pittsburgh, PA graduating from Schenley High School. Following high school, he joined the Marine Corps. After leaving the Marines he later went on to serve in the Army. While in the military he took up boxing, which he continued after leaving the army as well as participating in wrestling and weight lifting competitions. In 1954, the Johnson family became members of Nazarene Baptist Church under Pastor W.D. Petett. Wilbur Jr. remained there until God lead him to New Jersey. He moved to Trenton, New Jersey where he mastered the building trade and became a private contractor building custom homes along the New Jersey coast. He continued his learning and became certified in healing, air conditioning and plumbing. Also while in New Jersey he married and became the father of five daughters and a son. As he matured, he became more focused on his relationship with God and went on to study various aspects of spirituality and religion entering theological seminary in Trenton, New Jersey and received his certification in theology. He joined and became actively involved in the Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, Inc. under the late Bishop P.E. Jeanette. Under his tutelage he became a Diocese Bishop, which office he continued until death. In 1991, under he direction of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Johnson and his sister, Dr. Armenia Johnson founded Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. Under Heavenly Vision Ministries they also established Holy Temple, which served as their place of worship.
It was in March of 1991 (30 years of ministry) under the direction of the Holy Spirit, that the late Apostle and Bishop Wilbur Johnson, Jr. and his sister Apostle Armenia Johnson founded Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. (HVM, Inc.). Under Heavenly Vision Ministries Inc. they established Holy Temple, which served as their place of worship, to increase the Kingdom of God according to God’s purpose for this ministry.
Prior to founding Heavenly Vision Ministries, Wilbur Johnson, Jr. and Armenia Johnson, the oldest in a family of six children, were pursuing God’s purpose for their lives in the cities of Trenton, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y. respectively.
While in Trenton, N.J., Wilbur Johnson, Jr. operated several businesses including a heating and cooling company and attended theological seminary school. Upon completion of seminary school, he joined and became actively involved with the Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God Inc. in Trenton, New Jersey. Under the leadership of the late Apostle and Bishop P.E. Jennette, Rev. Johnson was elevated to Diocese Bishop, which he continued until death.
Simultaneously, Armenia Johnson was actively involved with the Brooklyn, New York branch of the Church of God In Christ Jesus, Inc. under the leadership of Bishop W. H. Amos out of Durham, North Carolina. In her early 20’s, Armenia was appointed as National Field Director and in October 1987 was ordained by Dr. W.H. Amos, Chief Apostle as an Evangelist of the Church of God in Christ Jesus, Inc. She later was ordained and appointed as National Evangelist of Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, Inc. by Apostle and Bishop P.E. Jennette. Apostle and Bishop Wilbur Johnson Jr. appointed her as the General Over- seer of Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. and then as apostle.
One of our largest and most successful ministries was Family Options an adoption and foster care agency formed in 1998-2007. This agency came about after Dr. Johnson was appointed by Governor Casey as the State Director to create One Church One Child Program in the State of Pennsylvania in 1987. As a part of our Agency, Parents were trained, certified and our children were placed in loving homes making their dreams come true. We had the first African American owned and operated foster care and adoption agency in Western Pennsylvania. Family Options broke all previous records for placing minority children in permanent homes.
Many ministries have evolved out of Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. over the years. Affiliates of Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. are as follows: In God’s Hands Ministries, Inc., Greenwood, South Carolina; Penn Hills, PA; Omega Christian Artists and Actors Guild of Pittsburgh, PA; Self-Care Restorative Solutions, LLC, Sarasota, Florida; and Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc. serves as Overseer for several pastors. Apostle Johnson serves as a Mentor and Spiritual Mother to more than 50 ministers.
Theresa D. Nelson
Elder Theresa D Nelson is the President and CEO of Self-Care Restorative Solutions, LLC founded in 2008 to share the importance of self-care and stress management for the total being to successfully balance professional and personal life. She is also the Assistant General Overseer and Elder with Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, and she is being of service at One Church in Gahanna, Ohio and Church of Hope in Sarasota, Florida.
Theresa received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio. She is a seasoned entrepreneur along with being a Certified Faith Based Clinical Counselor & Coach, Mindful Stress Management & Holistic Wellness Coach, Self-Care Success Strategist, Author, and Transformational Speaker.
Elder Theresa is married to Larry Nelson, Esq. and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Mike is an active member of Harvest Fields Community Church, Bronx NY. Professionally, Michael works as a Patient Access Specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery. HSS is the #1 Hospital for Orthopedics in the country and top ranked for Musculo-Skeletal and Rheumatology. He takes on several leadership roles assisting top Doctors and Nurses, and servicing patients from all over the world.
Deaconess Lenetta McClellan is a graduate of Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, PA. She is currently the receptionist for Maiello Brungo & Maiello in Pittsburgh, PA. and has been with the law firm for the past 14 years. She earned an Associates Degree in the Medical Assistant Program at The Western School of Health and Business. She was employed with Mercy Family Health Center, UPMC for 11 years and with Union National Bank for 15 years.
Deaconess Lenetta attends The Nazarene Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA. She served three years as President of the Missionary Board and is a member in the Mass Choir. She has three children and two grandsons.
Sarah L Gambles Adams
Bishop Sarah Adams is the pastor of The Open Door Family and Community Ministries formerly known as The Covenant Whosoever Will Church. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from Bishop College in Dallas, Texas and a graduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Social Work where she received a Master of Social Work degree. She is currently attending the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for her doctorate degree.
Bishop Sarah has served as an Adjunct Professor for the Community College of Allegheny County; Social Worker for the Pittsburgh Board of Education, and assisted in the development and implementation of A Second Chance, Inc, which is a kinship foster care program. Subsequent to this she held a position on the Executive Team of this organization
Bishop Sarah is married to Leroy P. Adams, has four children and two granddaughter’s.
“Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole
heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.”
Winning souls, healing hurts, meeting needs through loving people and believing in people is a biblical profile of growth. When we look at people through God’s eyes, we see what God does with ruined things. He exchanges “beauty for ashes.” God is in the reclamation business. There are no disposable people in this church. We all need to be reminded that the greatest ruin was Calvary. The price of redemption was ugly, but God took Calvary’s nightmare and transformed it into the Cradle of Salvation. The stone was rolled away from the empty tomb, not to let Jesus out, but to let us look in and know the “I AM” of the “I am the resurrection and the life” as a person, one to meet and to transform each life and make it whole.
Write the Vision, make it plain – Habakkuk 2:1-4
As given under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost to our Founders –
Bishop Wilbur Johnson Jr. and Dr. Armenia Johnson
1. The Inspiration – To pattern the Ministry after Christ.
2. The Ministry – To meet the needs of the people.
3. God has Promised us that people would follow us as we follow Christ.