As a child, Bishop Young had a great love for the Church and school. During the summer months, he spent much of his leisure time playing the teacher and preacher. He served as Church custodian for fifty cents per week until his teenage years when his stipend was increased to $1.00 and later to $2.00 per week. He played the drums for the Church as well as both the drums and trombone in his High School Band. He was an honor student and was perfect in attendance for eight out of twelve years in the first through the twelfth grades. Also, as a lad, he sold “GRITS” papers in the community and participated in Summer Correspondence Bible courses and Vacation Bible School.
In his late teens, he developed and cultivated his own cotton farm aside from the joint family farm. He also assisted others in the community with their cotton and corn farms.
Bishop Johnny J. Young received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Alabama State University in 1973. He received his Master of Arts degree in Education and Counseling from California State University - Dominguez Hills in June of 1978. Further advanced studies were taken at Meharry Medical College, UCLA, and Mills College.
Bishop Young graduated from Marengo High School in Dixons Mills, Alabama as class Salutatorian in 1969. He attended Meharry Medical College in Tennessee in 1971-72 on two summers Biomedical Fellowships. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology & Chemistry in 1973 from Alabama State University. He performed graduate work in Genetics and Counseling at UCLA and California State University Long Beach in 1974-77. In 1978, he earned a Master of Arts in Education & Counseling from California State University Dominguez Hills. In 1982, he received Administrative Credentials from California State University – Dominguez Hills. It was in 1991 when he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Friends International University in Merced, California and a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious Education in 1995 from Ministerial Training Institute in Inglewood, California.
In 1991, he became Founder and Chancellor of Ministerial Training Institute where he also serves as one of the key Professors. This Institute is now a fully accredited International Bible College!
Bishop Young was called into Pastoral Ministry by the divine directions from God. In 1982, he began pastoring in a storefront in Carson, California with his wife, Brenda Davis-Young; and two sons, Jarvis and Jonathan. Later many other souls were united with the ministry. The Pastoral Ministry moved to present location: 733 South Grevillea Avenue in Inglewood, California with approximately 20 dedicated members in 1984. This full block of property, which cost about one-half million dollars, was purchased with these faithful members. In 1986, by divine orders from God, Pastor resigned from the Inglewood Unified School District, (as he was getting ready for another promotion in the district!), to become full-time Pastor by FAITH, with no salary! God has truly sustained what He ordained!
He enjoys traveling with his family, visiting his hometown (Dixons Mills, AL), preaching and teaching the word of God! His completeness comes from God, his Family, his Parishioners, Relatives, Friends and Fellow Associates.
Bishop Young’s main goal is to endeavor to do the perfect will of God! In 1995, he authored his first book entitled: "Shut-Up & Pray!”
What makes Bishop Young a hero of our times is that he remains faithful and dedicated to each endeavor he undertakes. His additional attributes and contributions include:
Served as the President of the Inglewood Area Minister Association (1992-1996)Served as the principal of the Inglewood Community Tutorial program (1994-1999);
Bishop Johnny Jasper Young is truly an outstanding leader and hero of our times.
Life Member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.
Inglewood Chamber of Commerce
Past member of Inglewood YMCA Board of Education
Past member of College Foundation
Past member of IUSD budget Committee, Education Committee and Ethics Committee Member of the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Southwest
Served as IUSD Board of Education member (2003-2015)
Serves as IUSD strategic plan committee
CEO & President of COGP-Community Services Development Corporation (1996)
Served as IAMA Liaison Chairperson to IUSD Board of Education(1996-2003)
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