pastor picture Rev. Paul Wesley Johnson (Pastor Paul) was appointed to Hughes Memorial UMC on July 1, 2014. Previously, he served as the pastor of The Nehemiah Charge which is composed of Grace UMC (Takoma Park, MD) where he served for eight years and Ager Road UMC (Hyattsville, MD) where he served for three years.

Pastor Paul loves to preach the word of God and improve the lives of people through community organizing. Since his arrival at Hughes, Pastor Paul has focused on developing ministries that will engage and equip the youth in our community. Pastor Paul helps lead the C.A.P. (Community Antiviolence Program), which provides after-school tutoring and mentoring for at risk youth. He is a Board member of Raising a Village Foundation which plans to launch a chapter of Driven2Suceed at Hughes in Fall 2018 to expand the after-school mentoring/tutoring program. Pastor Paul is also a Board member of Project Transformation DC. Project Transformation DC plans to launch a literacy based summer youth program at Hughes in Summer 2018.

Pastor Paul is a passionate advocate for social justice. He was a part of a coalition that successfully advocated for the passage of the Maryland DREAM Act. He previously served as the Clergy Chair of the Maryland IAF affiliate, AIM {Action in Montgomery} and was a member of the Baltimore Washington Conference Board of Church and Society. Pastor Paul is committed to developing the next generation of church leaders. He is currently a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM) and serves as the Chair of the Greater Washington District Committee on Ordained Ministry (DCOM).

Pastor Paul is the son of Paul and Johan Johnson and a native of Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of six the Lord spoke to his heart telling him he would be a pastor someday but it was not until much later in life that he answered the call to ordained ministry. Pastor Paul graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School at the age of 16. He participated in the Atlanta University Center Dual Degree Engineering Program, which resulted in him receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Morehouse College in May 1991 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in June 1991. He worked as an engineer for over 15 years during which time he was active in a variety of ministries.

Pastor Paul graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in May 2009 with a Master of Divinity degree. He is currently pursuing the Public Engagement track in the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is married to the beautiful Rev. Selena M. Johnson (Pastor of Oak Chapel UMC in Silver Spring, MD) and they are the proud parents of their son, Paul W. Johnson II and daughter, Rachel E. Johnson.

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