Pastor Curtis L. Johnson, M. Div.
Pastor Curtis L. Johnson is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a 1985 graduate of J.L. Mann High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force where he served for four years. Pastor Johnson earned his Master of Divinity Degree from the M. Christopher White School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University.
He has served as Senior Pastor of the Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church since 1993. He is a former SC State Overseer for the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
In 2006, he was nominated as one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America”. His academic performance earned him recognition on the “National Dean’s List”. He is listed in Dunn and Bradstreet’s National Registry of “Who’s Who among Executives and Businesses.” He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board for one of the leading anti-poverty Community Action Agencies in SC called SHARE (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources).
Pastor Johnson is a member of the Diversity Advisory Committees for Greenville Health System and Greenville Technical College. He is also a graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy of Furman University.
Pastor Johnson is the Founder and Chairman of the MLK Dream Weekend, which was a community-wide celebration in Greenville, SC in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. This 10-year multi-event effort has produced over $1million in scholarships to deserving students all across the upstate, as well as many jobs and life-changing opportunities for young and old alike.
Pastor Johnson organized the SC Live in Peace project which led 107 Days of Nonviolence Service Project designed to address violence in the community. It was also designed to inspire youth and adults of the upstate to embrace nonviolence as a life style and improve the quality of life in the upstate. This effort helped to account for a 15% reduction in violent crime in Greenville County during the 107 Days.
The SC Live In Peace team has also been instrumental in addressing 12 different law enforcement agencies across the upstate to assure a culture of mutual respect between law enforcement and the communities they serve. He is currently a charter member of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department Citizens Advisory Board.
Pastor Johnson serves as the Gospel Director of 107.3 JAMZ, WJMZ in Greenville, SC. Under his tenure, he received the South Carolina Broadcaster Service Award for the 107 Days of Nonviolence Service Project.
He is currently being trained by Dr. Bernice King to become an official representative of the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA- which will enable him to teach Nonviolence365 principles and practices all over the world. He is also a licensed Final Expense Agent with Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance Company.