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  Melvin Johnson
Teaching Areas - Ministry, Counseling, Marriage & Family

Dipl., Bethany College, Sta. Cruz, CA, USA (1954)
B.A., Central Bible College , Springfield, MO, USA (1955)
M.A., Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, USA (1969)
Contact Information
Email:melvintj@gmail.com
Ministerial Background
Melvin Johnson was licensed as an Assemblies of God minister in 1956 and began pastoring that year in Lake County, California. Two years later he was invited to become youth pastor at Bethel Temple (Capital Christian Center) in Sacramento. Later he joined the Northern California-Nevada Assemblies of God district office staff where he served as editor of the Glad Tidings Magazine and directed public relations. While there he was married to Sharon.

The Johnson’s planted a church in Davis, California in 1961 and pastored there until they moved to southern California in 1967 where he did graduate studies in a Master’s degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University. Subsequently, he served an internship at the American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles, and was granted a California State Marriage and Family Therapist license in 1969.
Areas of Research Interest, Writings and Teaching
After conducting marriage and family seminars in churches on the West Coast for one year, Mel was asked in 1970 to join the Bethany College faculty as campus pastor and instructor in Marriage and Family Life. The next year he became dean of students and served in that position until 1977 when the Johnson’s transferred to Southern California College (Vanguard University) where he assumed the role of dean of students.
Family and Personal Interests
In 1980, the Johnson’s with their three children, Denise, Timothy and Mark, moved to San Francisco to pastor the historic Glad Tidings Temple (Glad Tidings Church). They continued ministry there until 1995 when they moved to Roseville, California and established Rekindle Ministries, Inc. Rekindle Ministries is subtitled "For Families in Ministry." Its primary purpose is to help build more spiritually and emotionally healthy clergy families who in turn can work more effectively to build the church. The Johnson’s have counseled and conducted Rekindle seminars throughout the States and in about 25 countries.

While pastoring in San Francisco Mel served on the District Presbytery as a General Presbyter, representing the Northern California-Nevada Assemblies of God at the national level.

Sharon is actively involved in missions and Rekindle Ministries and is the former chair of Ministry Wives (a fellowship of women whose spouses are in ministry) of the Northern California-Nevada District.

In 2000 Mel and Sharon were commissioned as Assemblies of God missionaries (the second oldest couple to ever be commissioned) and have combined their Rekindle ministry with that of World Missions. Each year they spend three months teaching Pastoral Counseling, Pastoral Ministries, Christian Marriage and Family and other subjects at Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) in Baguio City, the Philippines where he is a nonresident faculty member. They conduct seminars in various countries for missionaries, pastors and laypeople; and also preach. The Johnson’s are actively involved with AGWM in missionary care.

They have three adult children active in pastoring and other Christian activities.