Chaplain Richie Johnson
Chaplain Richie Johnson is new to GraceInside’s family as he began erving Bland Correctional Center on July 1, 2017. Chaplain Johnson served as a US Army Chaplain for seven years prior to find his home in Wytheville. He graduated from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri, where he earned his Master of Divinity in 2013.
Chaplain Johnson served as a volunteer at Bland Correctional Center beginning in 2016. He and the previous chaplain, Roy McGee, met at a large church function and began speaking about chaplaincy. “It just flowed.” An active volunteer who attended whenever they had services, upon Chaplain McGee’s retirement, Chaplain Johnson seemed a natural fit.
As of January 2018, Chaplain Johnson added the care for the men at Marion Correctional Center to his heart and life for six months. As of July 2018, he releases that population to another’s care.
Chaplain Johnson loves teaching the Bible – teaching the scriptures to the inmates. He enjoys, especially, teaching about Jesus to those who are unfamiliar with the Christian faith. When asked about his favorite moments, he shares, “An offender of a different faith tradition came to me to ask me questions about Jesus and invited me to speak during their regularly scheduled meetings. Oh- AND we baptized 13 offenders last week!”
“I teach people about Jesus who don’t know him. It’s that simple. I don’t have any fancy words or anything. I just like making disciples. It’s what is inside me.”
When not serving as GraceInside’s chaplain to Bland, he and his wife, Rebecca, pastor a church. First Church in Wytheville began under their leadership in 2013. They enjoy traveling and he loves playing XBox – any and all of the games.
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