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Bishop Duane Johnson, a fourth generation preacher, received the call to ministry very early in life. Growing up in the church, literally from birth, he has been a faithful member and leader in almost all areas of ministry. From driving congregants to serving as a junior deacon, from singing on the choir to serving as a Sunday school teacher, from working in the audio ministry to serving as the Youth Pastor, Duane has understood that God has been preparing him, over the years, to lead His flock.
After serving for nearly 20 years at Maximum Life Christian Church in Woodlawn, Maryland, under the leadership of his parents, Bishop Carroll and Pastor Muriel Johnson, then Minister Duane Johnson, his wife and high school sweetheart, Minister Cynthia Johnson, and their infant son, moved to Greater Bethlehem Temple (GBT) located in Randallstown, Maryland. While serving under Bishop James D. Nelson, at GBT, Minister Duane continued to pursue his dreams and calling to move into the pastorate. He served as the Youth Pastor at GBT and later became an ordained Elder in World Assemblies of Restoration.
After a period of time at GBT, Elder Duane Johnson, his wife, now Evangelist Cynthia Johnson, and their young son heeded the voice of the LORD and started Speak To My Heart Ministries on April 1, 2007, at the Roosevelt Recreation Center in the Hamden area of Baltimore City. Though the church was initially started with just the family of three, God sent many parishioners from the community and from the radio audience that Elder Johnson bolsters. In addition to his work in the church and as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System, he has been a well-
They continued to seek God.On April 1, 2009, on the 2 year church anniversary, God blessed Speak To My Heart Ministries to move to its own location at 3903 W. Belvedere Avenue in the Park Heights Community of Baltimore City. This location, a thrift store turned furniture store was cleaned and painted and transformed into a beautiful sanctuary, and service was held at 7:30 p.m. that same night! This particular area of Baltimore has had a long standing reputation of being a rough, high-