As a child, Bishop Marcus A. Johnson, Sr. received his biblical training at the Rehoboth Church of God in Christ Jesus (Apostolic) under the Pastorate of the late Bishop Randolph A. Carr. In 1965, his family joined the First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) pastored by the late Chief Apostle Monroe R. Saunders, Sr. There Marcus was baptized and matured in the ministry. In the United Churches, over a period of three decades Marcus served in several capacities from local youth pastor and bible study teacher to national youth choir director for the organization.
Following the charge given by his spiritual father, in December 1999, Marcus founded the New Harvest Ministries, Inc. Within one year, Bridge to Life Community Development Corporation, Inc. was created to provide recovery and support services for individuals and families disregarded by society.
But none of this would have been possible if it were not for an appointment with destiny on February 22nd, 1983. On that day, while reaching for a shoebox at work, 2,400 pounds of sheetrock fell and crushed Marcus on a concrete floor. This marked the first of two out-of-body experiences. Upon seeing the bright light, a field of green grass and a great mountain a far off he knew that he was home. "For to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." And so, after seven years, nine major spine and leg surgeries, dependence on prescription drugs, paralysis and many life-threatening events, the season of sickness ended. God healed his body at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Today it is quite clear why God would launch the New Harvest Ministries and Bridge to Life in the Johns Hopkins community. According to Bishop Johnson, "This is the new harvest, those who have climbed out of the midst of ruins to embrace their purpose."
Currently, Bishop Johnson serves as the Vice President of the Multicultural Prayer Movement, Baltimore National Day of Prayer Chairperson, Vice President of the Baltimore Apostolic Ministerial Alliance, Co-Chair of the African American Leadership Forum for Public Safety, CEO of the Bridge to Life Community Development Corporation, Inc., Life Coach, and missionary. Standing with him in ministry are his wife, Ronae Angela, his two children, and a host of co-laborers. As a multifaceted leader with a global vision Bishop Johnson is reaping a kingdom harvest for Christ.