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Sunrise: December 27, 1954
Sunset: April 2, 2019

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

The Johnson, Bonner, Williams, Dennis and Freeman families announce with profound sadness the death of Rev. Jonathan Siafa Minah Johnson. This sad event occurred on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, District of Columbia, USA after a brief illness.

Chaplain Johnson was born unto the union of Thomas Johnson and Rita Sata Williams-Johnson in Harbel, Firestone, Montserrado County, now Margibi County, Liberia on December 27, 1954. At an early age, Rev. Johnson became a member of a Christian group Camp Lawana Fellowship and began studying the word of God. His devotion to the Lord continued while he attended Ricks Institute, a Baptist boarding school in Virginia, Liberia. Rev. Johnson embraced the Christian faith and his life-long journey began as a missionary for the Lord. This journey was the life of Rev. Johnson - spreading the gospel from his homeland of Liberia in schools, street ministry, planting churches, Home Missionary Program at Effort Baptist Church, noon and evening bible studies with the Gates of Heaven Prayer Band, and pastoring. In the United States while attending the Yale Divinity School, he organized church ministries on the campus and formed the International Church at Yale, meeting the spiritual needs of U.S. and foreign students. Today the church is still serving the needs of students and spreading the gospel. In Washington, D.C while attending George Washington University, JJ started a campus ministry (The International Church at Foggy Bottom) at George Washington University and American University, reaching out to young people on campus and in the surrounding communities. The International Church at Foggy Bottom’s Justice for Juniors Ministry reaches out to troubled youth in the judicial system in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Rev. Johnson leaves to mourn his death his wife Carmen Bonner Johnson; two children - Khinétamu Tamone Johnson and Zo Symgbay Johnson; his siblings William Habie Johnson (Eartha Nayore), Bendu Johnson, Doris M Johnson, Miema Johnson-Joseph and Hawa Johnson. Also mourning his loss are his nephews O’Brien Johnson, Sean Johnson, Clarence Bia, Kanaero Cymore Elezer, Minah Grimes, Tom Grimes, Thomas Johnson, and Kelvin Christensen; nieces Randa Khatib, Rita Karrow, Odessa Farley, Faith Jackson and Love Jackson; several cousins including Sophie Dennis Neal, Derick Nathaniel, John Dennis and Boima Williams; and a host of relatives and friends in the United States, Europe, Asia and Liberia.

Funeral arrangements are as follow:

Wake-Keeping Service
Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
First Alliance Church
14500 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

Funeral Service
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m.
First Alliance Church
14500 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20904

First Alliance Church

Carmen Bonner Johnson (USA): 240-888-4574
William H. Johnson (USA): 475-731-9539
Bendu Johnson (USA): 215-626-6074
Doris M. Johnson (USA): 281-788-1199
Miema Johnson-Joseph (Liberia): 011231776535363
Hawa Johnson (Liberia): 011231776394537
Boima Williams (Liberia): 0112310886551107

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