Bishop Peggy Johnson visits FUMC
On Sunday, March 4, 2018, Fallsington United Methodist Church (FUMC) was honored to welcome Bishop Peggy Johnson and Deacon Ron Shane to help celebrate the FUMC's 150th anniversary. Bishop Johnson's message, "Light for Fallsington in the Future," spoke of the light of Christ which shines in our lives and is spread through the church's outreach to others. The service was led by the congregation's youth group. Special music was provided by FUMC's worship choir and soloist Marta Zaliznyak, who sang "O Divine Redeemer" to a standing ovation. The Bishop's husband, the Rev. Michael C. Johnson, was also in attendance and authored the special words spoken during the Sacrament of Holy Communion which was held during the service. Deacon Ron Shane spoke to the congregation about the role of deacons in the United Methodist Church. Following the worship service, a luncheon was served in the church's Fellowship Hall.
About Bishop Peggy Johnson
Bishop Peggy A. Johnson is a native of Baltimore, MD and serves as the episcopal leader of the Philadelphia Area of the United Methodist Church, which includes the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. Prior to her election to the episcopacy in 2008, she served as a pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Conference since 1980. Her churches included a 4-point rural circuit in Frederick, MD, a suburban Baltimore congregation; a campus ministry at Gallaudet University; and for 20 years she was the pastor of the Christ UMC of the Deaf. Bishop Johnson has a particular passion for ministry with people with disabilities. During her tenure as a bishop, she has served as a board member on the Commission of the Status ad Role of Women and on the General Board of Church and Society. She authored a UMW "Mission U" study book: "The Church and Disabilities" in 2014. She is married to the Rev. Michael C. Johnson, a United Methodist pastor, and they have two adult sons, Peter and Gabriel.