Bishop Rader Johnson was baptized in Jesus' name on June 30, 1977, at Bethlehem Temple church (PCAF) at 12 years old. Three years later, Bishop Johnson received the Holy Ghost at Omega Temple Church on January 27, 1980. After attending the PCAF church for some time, Johnson became discouraged due to a lack of teaching. He had an intense hunger for the word and refused to believe their doctrine: "Jesus was not God, but just a mere man." Bishop Johnson founded a small church with only four members, Pastored by the then Elder Ira Combs, Jr. Johnson quickly came into the knowledge of the Oneness of the Godhead and Jesus being God. Bishop Johnson's family was against the Oneness Doctrine at the time, and his mother forbade him to return to that church. But, Johnson took a stand and told his mother that if she did not allow him to return to the Oneness church, he would pack his clothes and leave. Seeing his seriousness, his mother allowed him to leave that church due to doctrinal differences. Johnson began attending Greater Bible Way Temple the following week. He was just 15 years old. At 16 years old, Bishop Johnson started preaching on the street corners of Jackson. Johnson served faithfully at GBWT Jackson for 18 ½ years in almost every office in the church, including Associate Pastor, and had a successful television ministry that aired 3-times a week. Bishop Ira Combs greatly inspired Bishop Johnson's preaching ministry, and the late Bishop R.P. Paddock influenced his teaching ministry. Bishop Johnson is a man that loves the riches of God's word and is prominently known for his depth of knowledge of the Bible. Listeners often say Bishop Johnson can take the scriptures and make them so plain that even a child can understand.
In the spring of 2011, Bishop Johnson earned his PhD. when he completed his Doctorate studies in Theology and Christian Education. In 2016, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World promoted Bishop Johnson to the office of Suffragan Bishop in the Dominican Republic Council under the leadership of Bishop Moses Butler. He serves God's people through teaching and providing clothing and other basic needs. On October 16, 1998, Suffragan Bishop Johnson commenced the first service at his founding church, Greater Bible Way Temple, in Bay City, MI. After 18 years of dedicated commitment and leadership, Bishop Johnson successfully burned the church mortgage and acquired multiple properties, including a 5-unit apartment building, a parking lot, and two houses. On September 30, 2016, Bishop Johnson began his pastorate at Greater Bethel Temple. He graciously accepted God's position and call of God to continue his work for the Lord in Louisville, Kentucky. Bishop Johnson is a man of great humility and has a reputation for caring for the people of God that precede him. The theme of his life is found in the words of Jesus when he said "for the son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister…" In 2022, Bishop Johnson was elevated to Diocesan Bishop of the 54th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
Bishop Rader Johnson was born in Jackson, MI, on June 5, 1964, to Floyd and Annette Johnson. In 1982, he met the love of his life, Rhoda Noreen Selby. On December 10, 1983, they were married and became the proud parents of 6 children; Lamar and Mario Selby, Dist. Elder Phillip Johnson, Daniel (1985-2004), Pamela, and Aaron.