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Senior pastor

Pastor Terry Kiyoshi Johnson; M.M.C.; Th.D  (Also knows as Pastor Poppie or Elder Poppie)


Terry was born in San Francisco in March of 1957, and currently lives in Manteca, CA


He received an Associates of Biblical studies, a Bachelors in Theology, a Masters in Ministerial Christian Counseling and completed His Doctorate in Theology, May 2006.   Terry also received his teaching credentials in August 1990. Pastor retired from Las Positas college in 2020 as their Automotive Instructor and Coordinator. 


Although his Ministerial path began with much prayer from his grandmother Myrtle Ellis (Perry) and Aunt, Falvie Jean Edmondson, it was not until January of 1999 he responded to a Call from God.  He served at Greater Maranatha Church of God in Christ, under the Leadership and guidance of Superintendent Terence Lee Saffold Sr., who sent Terry to the Board of Elders in August of 2001, and graduated in the class of 2001 under Bishop J.W. Macklin.  Terry became the first Ordained Elder at Greater Maranatha Church.


Since then, he has served in the capacity as Coordinator of the Department of Education, YPWW, Marriage Ministry Counselor, Couples Ministry President, Single Ministry, Sunday School Teacher, New Members Orientation Instructor, Finance board member and an Executive Board Member. In January of 2007, he was released from all previous duties. Installed as the First Administrative Assistant and further the President of the Elders Board at GMC.


Currently Terry, is a member of the State Adjutant Board, serving as Dean of education under Bishop J.W. Macklin; (1st assistant Presiding Bishop COGIC inc); Serves as Assistant Superintendent of the Hebron District; Nor-Cal Jurisdiction, and is the Pastor and founder of Courts Of Praise Community COGIC, Manteca, Ca. 

Terry is also the President and Founder of TJ Ministries a Non-profit religious organization, devoted to the institution and sovereignty of marriage and family.


Terry is Husband to Jo A Johnson; his helpmate from the Lord, devoted wife and mother to eight children, eighteen grand children, and all that will receive their wisdom.


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