As a preacher, teacher, leader, drum major for equality, and visionary, Rev. James Johnson has a deep compassion for the poor and deprived. Rev. Johnson has worked tirelessly and prayerfully seeking to make a difference in the lives of all people and children. He has opened the doors of opportunity to thousands of children as an educator, preacher, principal, and community trailblazer. He has made lasting impressions upon all with whom he came in contact.
Born in Chicago, IL, Rev. Johnson completed his education in the Monroe City School System, and earned advance degrees in Education from Grambling State University (B.S.), University of Louisiana at Monroe (MA, Plus 30), and Virginia Union Ministry (Richmond, VA; M.T.S). Previously employed by the Hendry County School District- Clewiston, FL and the Chicago Board of Education, Rev. Johnson also spent more than 30 years working in the Monroe City School System in a variety of capacities. He has served as a Teacher at Carroll Jr. High School, Vice Principal and Principal at Wossman High School, High School Supervisor, and Title I and IV Supervisor.
He has served as a member of several local organizations and Boards including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, NLEEC Advisory Board, Ouachita Parish Fire Commission, Green Oak Detention Board, OIC Advisory Board, Interfaith of Northeast LA, Twin City Ministerial Alliance, Tri District Boys and Girls Club, and the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum.
Current and previous religious affiliations for Rev. Johnson include Pastor of New Light Baptist Church of Monroe, Former Pastor-True Light Baptist Church of Winnsboro, LA, Member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Monroe, Teacher and Vice-President of the Tenth District Association, Teacher-LA Baptist Convention; National Baptist Convention, Sunday School Teacher, B.T.U. Director, Trustee Ministry, and Deacon Ministry.
Rev. Johnson has served faithfully in various capacities serving the needs of the Carroll High School Family. He has been president of the M. H. Carroll Memorial Scholarship for more than 20 years. He attends school board meetings and takes a stand against injustice. His vision for the students of Carroll is to nurture and transform them into America’s finest citizens who achieve academic excellence as they pursue their goals in life. His motto is “If I Can Help Somebody….”
Rev. Johnson married Nancy Taylor (deceased) of Natchitoches, LA. He is the parent of Jarrell J. Johnson and Natalie N. Johnson Scott and loving grandfather of Jaylon (Ja-Bo) Johnson, Jeremiah Scott, and Kendal Scott.