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Washington Johnson II currently serves as assistant director of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists headquartered in Columbia, Md. His area of responsibility covers the southern United States region and Puerto Rico. Johnson is an ordained Seventh-day Adventist minister and former editor-in-chief of Message Magazine, one of the domination’s oldest religious journals. His pastoral ministry extended throughout the South Central and Northern California Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists.
Johnson was commissioned in 1998 as a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve and currently holds the rank of Captain. He presently serves as the Deputy Region Chaplain for Navy Region Hawaii. In 2013, he served as the Deputy Command and senior Protestant chaplain at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa, during a one year deployment. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (awarded three times), Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal.
Johnson is an alumnus of Oakwood University (Huntsville, Ala.), the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (Berrien Springs, Mich.), and Reformed Theological Seminary (Clinton, Miss.), receiving Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry degrees, respectively. He is married to Joyce Johnson, Ph.D., who is an educator, and they have one son, Washington Johnson III, a medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. His favorite scriptural passage is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13).