Pastor Michael Johnson grew up in the ministry of Fellowship Church under the leadership of his father, Bishop Kenneth Johnson.
At a very young age, Pastor Michael discovered his love for music as he began singing in church. As he grew older, he decided to turn this love into a career and majored in music, receiving a Bachelor of Music from East Carolina University and a Master of Music from the University of Tennessee. His goal was to sing opera professionally. He was on his way to reaching that goal by placing in Metropolitan Opera and National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions, when something happened that changed his direction. God called him to join with his father to become the music minister of Fellowship Church.
So in 1997, he returned to Nashville and settled into the role of music minister, bringing with him a variety of styles from classical, urban, rock, gospel, and rap. He feels that all styles of music can be used to glorify God and minister to the people. For ten years he worked to bring the music program at Fellowship Church to the cutting edge of contemporary praise and worship. Then in 2007 there came another change for Michael: God called him to preach.
Michael’s father, Kenneth Johnson, who had been the pastor and founder of Fellowship Church for thirty years, decided to take on a new position. He became the overseer, or bishop, and he asked Michael to become pastor. God moved on Michael’s heart to accept this calling, and now he is the pastor of Fellowship Church under the direction of his father, Bishop Kenneth Johnson.
Currently Pastor Michael has a dual role. He remains as music minister, but he also pastors. He says that he loves what he does. The music will always be a part of him, but now he can share the word of God through sermons as well. He has a great love for the people and he looks forward to a long future with the church family of Fellowship Church.
Pastor Michael is married to Melanie Johnson and has two sons: Chandler and Cameron.