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Amazing Grace


Read about Legend & Gospel Music Hall of Famer Dr. Vernard Johnson and His beautiful wife Mrs. Betty Johnson Below:

Pastor and The Greatest Gospel Saxophonist In The World


Living Legend & Gospel Music Hall of Famer—“The Greatest Gospel Saxophonist in the World”—Dr. Vernard Johnson is the CEO & Founder of Amazing Grace International and the CEO and Founder of Vernard Johnson Concert Ministry.  He was recently inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and received the “Lifetime Achievement Award”.  He is a pastor, a preacher of the gospel, a gospel music recording artist, a Symphony Orchestra Conductor, a Symphony Orchestra Composer, the author of two books of which his latest is “FASTING 1000’ Consecutive Days”, a song writer of over 50 songs, and most of all a soul winner. As quiet as it is kept, Dr. Johnson has won over 150 thousand people to Christ through his concerts and crusades across the world.

He has three earned degrees: a Bachelor of Music Education from Emporia State University, a Master of Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Sacred Music with a minor in Theology from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (the largest seminary of any kind in the entire world); where he was the first Afro-American to

receive the doctorate in music from Southwestern in 1979.  He is presently working on his second doctorate degree in Expository Preaching at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.

He has performed before over 400 million people, including Kings, Queens and Presidents of many nations such as the President of Kenya,  Haiti, Liberia, Nigeria, Coast d’Ivory, and such American Presidents as Bush, Sr., Reagan, and on two occasions, he performed before President Clinton, where his rendition of “Amazing Grace” was so moving, President Clinton wept while he played.

History records him as having a string of ‘firsts’ accomplishments:

¨     First Executive Director of the Church of God In Christ Instrumental Music Division.

¨     First Gospel Music Instrumentalist to do a solo performance at the Berlin Jazz Festival

¨     First Gospel Music Instrumentalist to do a solo performance—Montreal Jazz Festival.

¨     First to bring together over 1,000 men in Kansas City, Kansas at Memorial Hall.


First Gospel Music Instrumentalist to have 18 recordings on the saxophone to his credit, on such labels as Savoy and Electra Records, and presently working on his 19th.

¨     First gospel music instrumentalist to personally win over 150,000 people to Christ.

¨     First gospel music instrumentalist to rent 46 Convention Centers across America and to present 46 “Soul Winning Concerts” where 11,251 people gave their hearts to the Lord.

¨     First to do a concert for Death Row in the state of Texas–14 were saved.

¨     First to sponsor and present a Gospel Music Concert at Texas Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

¨     First to organize and present a massive “Youth Prayer Breakfast” in Fort Worth, Texas where over 8,000 people attended and over 2,000 youth made commitments for Christ.

¨     First solo instrumentalist inducted into the “International Gospel Music Hall of Fame”

¨     Inducted into the “Black Hall of Fame for Outstanding Churchmen.”



Inducted into “Who’s Who in the South and Southeast”.

¨     Received the Alumni of the Year Award from his Alma Mata-Emporia State University

¨     Married to the same beautiful woman (Betty Johnson) for over 42 years.

¨     Dr. Johnson is truly a man of God and loves the Lord.



First Lady 



First Lady, Betty Johnson, is a very classy, humble, quiet and unassuming person, but she is a woman of many skills and talents.  She is the Co-Founder of Amazing Grace International.  In the corporate world she has had over 19 Years Case Management, Eligibility Determination and Career Counseling Experience; over 7 Years Supervisory Experience, over 6 Years Training Experience, over 7 Years Center Manager Experience, and over 7 Years Community Partnership Development and Computer Literate Training, including  Micro Soft Applications, Internet and Typing.

Her skills include expertise in such areas as Job Development, Recruiting, Instructor Training, expertise in Micro Soft-Word-Windows-Excel &Power Point, Customer Service, Resume Preparation, Job Search Preparation, Assessments,  Internet, Report Writing, High Level Filing (Alpha/ Numeric), Communications, Curriculum Writing, Clerical, Budgets, Creative Writing, Organizational Skills, Time Management Skills, Employer Recruiting and working as a Team Player.

She is the Vice President of Beyond The Conviction (an organization that deals with ex-offenders).  There she assists with all operations such as working as a case manager, as a curriculum writer and as a Board Liaison .  She also works with at risk youth and adults.

She was also a Center Manager for the Full Employment Council where she managed the One Stop Center, provided Career Counseling, job search assistance, employer recruiting and training for qualified customers in the state of Missouri.  She also worked with at risk youth and adults there.

Prior to coming to Kansas City, in Fort Worth, Texas she worked with Tarrant County Workforce Solutions (SERCO) for 19 years.  During that time she was a Youth Career Counselor, a Career Counselor/ Job Developer, a Workforce Development Supervisor, and a Workforce Center Manage.

She also worked with the Fort Worth Independent School District for three years.  There she provided clerical/ secretarial support for the Magnet Program and the Student Affairs Office for three years.  She communicated with the students, parents, School Liaison Team Officers and the Fort Worth Police Department Officers to resolve issues dealing with truancy and illegal activities with the students and non-students on school property.  She was responsible for writing official reports as reported by a Liaison Team, Students and Police Officers, and there she also worked with at risk youth and adults.

She has a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a minor in Journalism from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas; but most of all she prides herself as being a wife of 39 years, a mother and a grandmother of two.  She is a woman of God and truly loves the Lord.