Born Edward Lee Johnson, Jr., Pastor Ed is a native Houstonian. He is the son of Deacon Edward and Erma Johnson, Sr. He attended M. B. Smiley High School and Texas Southern University. He is the husband of Pastor Marilyn Johnson and proud father of Chas Braxton, Christal Joi, Edward Lee, III and Kyle Maxwell.
Pastor Ed is known for his wise council. Frequently, he is found in private consultations with members of the five-fold, instructing them on church protocol, vision development, and spiritually discerning their house and ministries. He is extremely hard on leadership. He says, “We can’t afford to be cavalier in this matter seeing that God has entrusted the spiritual growth and development of His people to this select group.” Pastor Ed preaches a disciplined word coupled with accountability. The message is not just for the sheep, but also for the leadership of the Body of Christ.
Along with delivering the preached Word, Pastor Ed is an accomplished musician. He has recorded eleven albums and produced numerous others. He has appeared on stage with Shirley Caesar, Vickie Winans, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, Barbara Tucker, John P. Kee, Kirk Franklin and the list goes on. In the early 90’s, he formed a group [Ed Johnson & Praise] that attained prominence with the original recording of “Where Are The Christian?” That year at the Texas Gospel Music Awards they were nominated in three categories winning two, Group of the Year and Song of the Year.
The love that Pastor Ed has for God is evident in the manner he handles God’s people. He is always seeking ways to establish the people of God in the service of God. The work does not end there. He is an entrepreneur and soon-to-be published author. He is a husband, a father, a pastor, a businessman, a musician, a visionary and a man that loves and fears God.