When The Morning Comes by Dr. Karen V. Johnson

Dr. Karen V. Johnson

Senior Pastor

Karen V. Johnson, D.Min, Senior Pastor, co-founded First Christian Community Church in 1991 with her husband the late Apostle Richard Johnson, III. Beginning with only eight people, the congregation has grown to over 600 members. FCCC held services in hotels, industrial centers, school auditoriums and other churches until they built their new edifice located at 1800 Hall-Brown Road.

As First Lady, Pastor Johnson organized ministries for the new congregation. Under her leadership, the Sister-to-Sister Women’s Conference and Retreat were founded. Through the women’s conference, Annapolis City’s first interdenominational women’s choir, consisting of over 100 ladies, was formed.

In March 2001, GOD called home His servant, Apostle Richard Johnson, III. His mantle fell to Karen and she was called and appointed to the office of Senior Pastor.

Fondly called Pastor K by the FCC congregation, they have steadily moved forward advancing the kingdom of GOD. Since 2003, FCC has united with the House of Hope’s Homeless program providing temporary winter housing for homeless guests. Also, FCC provides pastoral and outreach services to Fairfield Nursing Home, the Light House Shelter, Heritage Harbor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Hope House and the Chrysalis House for Addictions Rehabilitation. Over the years she has received several community awards:

  • Fannie Lou Hamer Award for Community Service
  • The Central Anne Arundel County Campus of Chesapeake Bible College and Seminary Award of F.A.I.T.H.
  • The North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Dr. Thelma T. Daley Pearl Award for Humanitarian Services
  • The Sarah Carter Faith Award

A native of Edgewater, Maryland, Pastor K earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. Pastor K is the parent of two adult children--Richard Johnson, IV and Erika Johnson.