“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
– Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)
Pastor Charlton L. Johnson &
Dr. Benetra Mangum-Johnson
Charlton was born the eldest of two sons on March 8, 1975 in Greenville, Mississippi to Hytercine and Charles Johnson. He was born into a family that was reared in the Baptist faith; however, it was the Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church that nurtured and brought about the first memories of Christianity within his mind and heart. These memories began for him during the early stages of his father’s ministry at St. Paul and Taylor Chapel Churches of Charleston, Mississippi. However, the beginning of Charlton’s service within the community and church truly blossomed while in the small town of Holly Springs, Mississippi at the Anderson Chapel C.M.E. Church.
Charlton was a very active youth leader within the local church. He served as the President for the Christian Youth Fellowship (CYF), Usher Board, and Choir. It was his eagerness to be involved that persuaded many youth peers to elect him to serve on the Vice President’s Council of the National Youth and Young Adult Conference in 1992. Subsequently Charlton was selected to represent the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1994 during an International Conference for Youth and Young Adults in Hamburg, Germany.
In August 1993, Charlton enrolled at the University of Mississippi. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders, Speech-Language Pathology in May of 1998. After graduation, Charlton married his college sweetheart, the former Benetra Mangum of Pearl, Mississippi and they have been happily married for thirteen years. With great joy they welcomed twin sons, Corben and Creighton on December 10, 2003; however, Corben parted this life January 28, 2004.
Charlton is an ordained Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and has served as pastor for nine years. In May 2011, Charlton completed a Master of Divinity degree and graduated with Cum Laude honors. In September 2015, Charlton completed one extended unit of Clinical Pastoral Education while enrolled at the Memphis Veteran Hospital.
At forty years of age, Charlton’s life experiences from childhood until now have shaped his views of God and his commitment to serving and nurturing others in Kingdom building ministries. At present, he is assigned full-time pastor of the Trinity CME Church in Memphis, Tennessee.
Passionate, caring, and ambitious are just three words used to describe Benetra Mangum Johnson. Benetra is a native of Pearl, Mississippi. Benetra graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1998 and a Master of Social Work degree in 2002 from Jackson State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Social Work from Jackson State University and working towards attaining a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Benetra has practiced social work for 11 years and is a Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker in the state of Tennessee and a Licensed Master Social Worker in the states of Mississippi and Arkansas.
Benetra is employed at the University of Tennessee, Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody as a Project Coordinator for the Tennessee Network for Trauma-Informed and Evidence Based-Systems (TN-TIES).
In her spare time, Benetra volunteers in many capacities with the homeless population. She also loves to use her talents and gifts mentoring and educating adolescents about the importance of developing a relationship with Jesus Christ.