One Step at a Time In The Lord
Evangelistic Apostolic Church Diocese
3810 Ropers Church Rd. Lanexa, VA.23089
A Worldwide Ministry
Mini-Bio about our Patriarch
Archbishop Dr.John P. Johnston Ph.D.Th,OSP,LPC
This is a mini-biography of John Patrick Johnston that was born on March 17,1958 in Newport News Virginia he was raised in Hampton Virginia he grew up with four brothers and one sister with loving parents that had strong values and faith. He is of Irish Descent. John Johnston was first baptized at the early age of 5 at Hampton Baptist Church by Rev. Virgil Casey in Hampton Virginia and has grown in faith ever since that time. He lived in Hampton Virginia till the age of 8, then moved to North Garden Virginia to his Grandfathers farm were he learned the values of farm life with raising a 100 head of Black Angus cattle and 22 head of horses, were there was growing a garden for food and growing hay to sell along with cutting trees down for fire wood to heat the house and cooking on a wood stove. Where the family always eat together and his Father having evening Bible Devotional Reading. At the age of 12 then moved into another house that his Grandfather owned and sold to his parents so raised in Covesville, Virginia
Another farm where they grew a large garden and also grew hay to sell. He continued his faith tradition was as a Southern Baptist.
He attended Covesville Baptist Church, where his father was a Deacon and Sunday School teacher of Men's Group. His mother was a Sunday School teacher for young adults while his Grandmother taught women group. His older brother taught a boys group known as Royal Ambassadors. His Great Uncle was an Evangelist named Rev. Cecil Anderson of Hagerstown Maryland.
When John was age 16 in 1974 he and his family went to see Billy Graham Crusade at the Hampton Coliseum when the choir begun to sing the alter call “Just as I am” John was called by the Holy Spirit to come forth. When John got to the stage where Billy Graham was, and the Holy Spirit was in the mist of all that day.
Billy Graham put his hand on John’s shoulder and told him that his journey is just starting that God has plans for him and when the time is right God will show him the path to take. Little did Billy Graham knew he played such a big part on John’s life to come.
The Holy Spirit was differently upon John that day
He attended Albemarle High School Charlottesville, Virginia and was member of Student Counsel in 1976 after leaving school he went into the Private Sector where he was a Virginia Licensed Private Investigator & Armed Security Officer for 20 years and a business owner with 38 to 60 employees from 1976-1996 then retired.
He was a member of the Virginia Security Association as an Business Owner.
He was given two awards for Business Executive of the year in 1996 both Paragons Who Who's National Registry and Universal Registry as well as that same year was awarded and listed as one of the Top 10 Private Investigators in Virginia.
In 1980 he was shot and wounded in his left hand as an botched armed robbery attempt, he disarmed the suspect and still took him into custody, which found later that the suspect was wanted for armed robbery of 7 convenience stores. The suspect was given 25 years prison time for the 7 robberies and given additional 5 years prison time for the assault attempted robbery on John Johnston.
He was first married in 1981 to Janet Carter for 5 years and with no children, were married at Mount View Baptist Church Charlottesville, Virginia Divorced in 1985. Second marriage in 1996 to Nadine Fleming for 26 years with 1 son Michael and 1 stepson Joseph was married at Walnut Hills Baptist Church, Williamsburg, Virginia Divorced 2022. He is a grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
He holds an 8th degree Black Belt in 3 styles of Martial Arts in Jujitsu, Taekwondo and Judo and taught in all three styles for 15 years and ran 2 schools. He was awarded Martial Arts Instructor of the year 1987,1989,1991 and 1994. He was also a Certified EMT and Paramedic and Volunteer for Local Fire Department for 5 years.
He also attended the Virginia Department Of Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Training Course and Certified as a Special Police Officer 1991, He was sworn Special Police Investigator for 5 years with local police Department, When he was called into the ministry and felt that the Lord led him to preach and help others in Christian faith and do much more.
He converted from his Baptist tradition to Anglicanism. So after years of either wearing a uniform or a coat and tie, put away his gun and badge and traded in for Clergy Collar to witness to others and preach and put on the Armor of God and defend the Holy Scriptures.
So his new journey within the ministry that was foretold in his future that God has brought him thus far for the glory of the Lord.
He was ordained as an Episcopal Deacon in 1997 by Episcopal Archbishop William Conner of Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Dallas Texas and Ordained Episcopal Priest in 1998 by Archbishop William Conner and consecrated as a Bishop in 2001 by Anglican Archbishop Bruce Campbell as an Anglican Bishop in New Rochelle, New York. His Lines of Apostolic Succession follow under Archbishop Bruce Campbell. He felt the Lord led him to Anglicanism and that this was the path he needed to follow.
He recorded and produced a 21 Songs Gospel Music CD titled Country Style Southern Gospel and sold over 2000 copies in just 1 year and all proceeds from total sales $10,000 were donated to local church.
His religious studies were required for service, so he attended The Institute of Biblical Studies of Liberty University and earned a Graduate of Biblical Studies 1991. He attended Holy Cross Theological Seminary from 1991-1998, and several curriculum studies of Religious Studies and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Biblical Studies, a Master’s in Psychology and Philosophy and earned his Doctorate in Pastoral Family Counseling.
He even attended Everest University in Tampa Florida for a Business Degree, were he also on the Deans List twice and the Presidents Listed in 2013.
He attended the Metropolitan Christian University, he also earned a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2017.
He always studies to better serve. He believes in the scriptures of (2 Timothy 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Also in (Philippians 4:13) I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
He was then elevated to Archbishop and Patriarch and Metropolitan of Evangelistic Apostolic Church Diocese by the Independent College of Bishops and twelve-member advisory council, which voted upon to elevate him to Patriarch where he currently serves to this date established on August 1,2002.
He also founded Petrus Fidei Seminary in the United States.
He is the founder of Good Hope Church and He serves as Pastor of Good Hope Church in Lanexa Virginia which is an Anglican Denomination from 2002 to present date. He is an author and has also written 3 books (1.) Pastoral Premarital Counseling (2.) Pastoral Marriage Counseling (3.) Pastoral Family Counseling; Co-Parenting Therapy. These books are sold on Amazon.
He is a Member of the International College of Bishops since 2015 and serves as First Vice President. He is currently the Chancellor and also a Professor of Metropolitan Christian University in Louisville Kentucky since 2016.
Again he was awarded a plaque for his work in the ministry from The Marquis Who's Who Publications Board for 2021-2022
His Motto: “One step at a time In the Lord.