Rev. Johnessee has been an ordained clergyman for 40 years (a pastor for 32 of those years). He is presently a Church Ministries Representative with The Friends of Israel and lives with his wife, Heidi, in the Cincinnati, OH area. His entire ministry has been
devoted to encouraging support and solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people among evangelical Christians. Rev. Johnessee travels extensively in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Alabama, Missouri and Illinois. His ministry includes Bible Prophecy Conferences, Missions Conferences, Passover Seders and other Jewish holidays, pro-Israel seminars, college campuses,
outreach, discipleship and “Thank God for Israel” events.
Since moving to the Cincinnati area, Rev. Johnessee has planned, promoted, and presented numerous pro-Israel events in Dayton, Mason, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, New York City and Knoxville. He has worked alongside the Cincinnati Jewish Community Relations Council, Hadassah, Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Federation of Columbus and Cleveland, Jewish War Vets of Dayton, Knoxville Jewish Alliance, Israeli Consulates in Philadelphia and Atlanta, American Jewish Congress, Zionist Organization of America, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, Stand With Us, Volunteers for Israel, Heroes to Heroes, American Friends of Magen David Adom, American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Hebrew Union College and Friends of the Israeli Defense Force Reserves, American Friends of Rambam Medical Center, and Maltz Museum of Jewish History. He has helped raise money for the Friends of the IDF Reserves, the Sderot Children’s Playground, Hadassah, Ben Yakir Youth Village, Teach for Israel and Jewish National Fund. Rev. Johnessee has coordinated church tours of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati. He has also been instrumental in beginning a “Students for Israel” organization on a local Christian college campus. He and his wife are also Comfort Care volunteers at Cedar Village in Mason, OH and were recently privileged to make a ministry trip to Israel, visiting several hospitals and a Christian assembly. Rev. Johnessee has also had multiple periodical articles published. The Johnessees have developed many friendships within the Jewish community and have a deep respect for their leadership.
Rev. Johnessee earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Summit University in Clarks Summit, PA and a Master of Arts Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. He and his wife have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren.