Bishop Darlingston G. Johnson, D.Min., D.D., is the Presiding Bishop of Bethel World Outreach Ministries International, a global organization which has planted more than 300 churches, schools, and ministries in over 25 nations located in Africa, North America, Europe, Australia and South America. He is also the Founder and Senior Pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church—City of Hope in Olney, Maryland, a multicultural congregation of more than 2,000 members from over 45 nations.
A scholar, Bishop Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in 1981. In 1984, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and received The Outstanding Master of Divinity Student Award. In 1986, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. In 2009, Bishop received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bishop Johnson has received numerous recognitions from religious institutions and civil governments, including being presented the Key to the City of Douala, Cameroon, the Key to the City of Monrovia, Liberia, and the Key to the City of Freetown, Sierra Leone.
He is married to Pastor Chrys Johnson, M.A., his partner in life and ministry.