Ron Johnson has become a very dear friend and great influence in my life. For the past 16 years, he pastored Bethel Temple in Hampton, Virginia. This past Sunday Ron resigned his church to launch into a full-time international ministry.
BELOW IS THE LETTER SENT OUT BY THE CHURCH MAKING THIS ANNOUNCEMENT:
After much prayer and thoughtful consideration our Senior Pastor Ron Johnson announced yesterday, January 13, 2008 his resignation as Senior Pastor of Bethel Temple Church effective February 15, 2008. Pastor Ron is responding to an increasingly clear international call upon his life and ministry which we all have witnessed. Therefore, with heart-felt sorrow yet great rejoicing we release him and his precious wife Sandy to pursue the Lord’s promotion. They have spent 16 wonderful years as our pastors having led exemplary lives with outstanding service to this church. We therefore stand with them as they enter this new season, and ask that you pray with Bethel Temple during its transition.
For now, Dr. H. Robert Rhoden, who serves on the National Executive Board of the Assemblies of God, along with a transition team will serve during the interim. Upon further notice, there will be opportunity provided for all to express their deep love and appreciation for Pastor Ron and Sandy’s years of exemplary service.
The Board and Elders of Bethel Temple Church