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Staff Members


Reverend Grant Johnson, Pastor

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Debbie Edwards, Music Director

Rev. Johnson brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with us. He has served churches in Georgia, where he began is ministry, in Philadelphia, in Kennett Square, PA and in Salisbury where he served as the first executive Director of the Salisbury Urban Ministries which is a group of 8 United Methodist Churches who joined together for ministry. This ministry is a model of people working together across racial, social, and religious lines to impact the community in positive ways. Rev. Johnson is especially interested in missions and social justice. 

In his statement regarding his spiritual journey he states, “.. there is a direct connection between church and community. The church has a role in demonstrating God’s love in a hurting world. …Faith is a continuous and growing process. I have learned to be open to new ideas and ventures for ministry. The transforming power of God is real. Over time and experiences, God does change us and make us more in the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.” 

Rev. Johnson is married to Rev. Pearl Johnson who is the pastor of Simpson UMC in Wilmington. They have two adult children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys fantasy baseball and football. 

Debbie has blessed Immanuel with her musical talents for many years. Each Sunday she guides us through our Hymns seated at the Organ and Piano. Debbie also leads our church choir and serves as Church Historian.  

Debbie is a lover of animals and donated time to organizations that help prevent cruelty to animals

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