Meet Fr. Johan Johnson
The Rev. Dr. Johan Johnson is both an Episcopal priest and veteran educator who has dedicated
his career to serving young people in educational settings, as both an educator and a pastor.
Dr. Johnson’s educational experience as a boarding student at a Quaker school (George School,
Newtown, PA) is a seminal experience that led him to become both Educator and Pastor.
For 16 years Dr. Johnson served as the Rector of a historic Harlem church (Episcopal Parish of St.
Martin’s & St. Luke’s) where his ministry focused on youth ministries with a focus on providing
educational opportunities for families from of all backgrounds.
Some highlights of his career:
Spring 2017, Dr. Johnson at the Bishop of New Jersey’s invitation took on the role of Vicar
at Trinity Church (Rocky Hill, NJ) where he led Sunday services, performed pastoral visits,
and worked with the Vestry on creating Vision Forward (Strategic Planning Document).
In 2015, Dr. Johnson took on the role of Acting Associate Dean at Princeton University.
(September 2015 – February 2016) Dr. Johnson assisted each Sunday at the University
Chapel and was primary Pastor to the Hallelujah Church at Princeton University.
In 2014, Dr. Johnson moved to New Jersey to serve as Chaplain, Community Service
Director & Tennis Coach at the Peddie School (Hightstown, NJ). Dr. Johnson taught 9 th
grade Humanities and led bi-weekly Chapel services.
In 2011, Dr. Johnson moved to Connecticut to raise capital, both private and public,
design a curriculum, put together a faculty and recruit families and students. In 2012,
Trinity Episcopal Day School (TEDS) was established whose mission was to provide quality
integrated education making excellent affordable for an economically diverse clientele.
A decade earlier Dr. Johnson co-founded Harlem Academy (HA) in 2004 that offers
rigorous academics with a sliding-scale tuition for families of all means. Harlem Academy
has earned the gold medal New York Times Nonprofit Excellence Award and its original
premise came from a middle school tutoring program (St. Luke’s Saturday School) that he
founded in 1990.
Dr. Johnson has also worked in traditional independent prep schools serving on both
middle and upper school faculties. He relocated to live and work in the ‘Buckle of the
Bible-belt’ (Jackson, Mississippi) as the Head of the Upper Division and Academic Dean at
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He returned to the northeast to serve in Admissions
capacities: as a Director and an Associate Director at New Canaan Country and Portledge.
Dr. Johnson served as the Executive Director of The Oliver Scholars Program (a multi-
service non-profit that recruits, places, and supports Black and Latino students for
independent schools) where he focused on fund-raising, educational programming, and
recruiting young people throughout NYC.
Dr. Johnson and his wife Gabriela have two young daughters Madeline Faith who is 10 and
Elizabeth Grace who is 7. Lizzie is demonstrating what happens when Dr. J’s sermons run too long!