Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

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P.O. Box 820
Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820
Ph: 610-666-1442
Fax: 610-666-9181
Administrative Assistant: Amy Botti,

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Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson is a native of Baltimore, Maryland 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 Galladuet 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 and her years as the pastor of an all-Deaf congregation led her on paths of experience with not only the deaf and deaf-blind communities but also with those who have mobility, intellectual, and mental health challenges.  She is married to the Rev. Michael C. Johnson, a United Methodist pastor, and they have two adult sons, Peter and Gabriel.

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson

  • Born: December 16, 1953
  • Married: The Rev. Michael C. Johnson (UM Clergy)
  • Children: Peter M. Johnson, Gabriel P. Johnson

Education & Honors

  • Lebanon Valley College – B.S. – Music Education – 1975
  • Asbury Theological Seminary – M. Div. – 1980
  • Wesley Theological Seminary – D. Min. – 1993
  • Wesley College – D. Div. (honorary degree) – 2009
  • “Circuit Rider of the Year” – UM Publishing – 1990
  • “Pillar of Faith Award” – Howard Divinity School – 2006
  • “John Wesley Award” – Wesley Theological Seminary – 2009
  • “Alumni of the Year Award” – Asbury Theological Seminary – 2010
  • Honarary Doctorate – Albright College – 2014


  • 2008-Present: Bishop Philadelphia Episcopal Area (Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware)
  • Mt. Pleasant UM Charge – Frederick, MD (rural-cross cultural)
  • Gallaudet University Campus Chaplain – (Washington, DC)
  • Lansdowne UMC – Baltimore, MD (suburban)
  • Christ UMC of the Deaf – Baltimore, MD (multi-cultural)
  • Wesley Theological Seminary (Adjunct Faculty)


  • Make a Joyful Silence: Deaf Ministry  (2006)
  • The Church And People With Disabilities: Awareness, Accessibility, and Advocacy (2014) – This short book is written in an easy-to-read format for anyone to understand.  Bishop Peggy Johnson of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference is the author of this book that discusses the main types of disabilities that we are most likely to encounter in our churches.Bishop Johnson discusses, in general terms, what we as church members can do to prepare our churches—and our hearts– to be accessible for people with disabilities.  She calls on us not only to be aware and accessible, but to dare to be advocates for people with disabilities.Bishop Peggy reminds us, “No matter what direction [this committee] decides to go, the ultimate goal should always be empowerment.  People with disabilities should be intentionally included in all aspects of the church’s leadership and decision making.  They should be participants in the worship and ministry activities and not just spectators.  Paternalistic oppression is at work when people with disabilities are ‘taken care of’ and given a ‘special’ seat in the sanctuary but nothing more.  Accomplishing full participation includes leadership and socialization and takes additional steps of awareness- building and barrier removal.”


  • United Methodist Congress of the Deaf Sigma Alpha Iota (Music Fraternity for Women)
  • Association of United Methodist Ministers with Disabilities
  • General and Jurisdictional Delegate 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008
  • Board Member – GBHEM – 1996-2000
  • Consultant – GBGM (Health and Welfare) 2001-2004
  • Conference BOOM – 1995-2008
  • Board Member – COSROW – 2008-2012
  • VIM trips: Jamaica, Kenya, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo


Religious Freedom Resolution & the Way Forward (Annual Conference Resolution #2016–18)


Episcopal Seal‘Faithful Partners in Ministry’

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus the Christ!

I am writing to you during this season of giving with an important reminder about the paying of conference remittances and apportionments.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference currently has 415 churches. We are a collection of Christian communities which have partnered together to make a difference for Christ and the Kingdom in southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. The Connectional Ministries apportionment and the direct bills for property & liability insurance, clergy pensions, and clergy health care benefits are a tangible expression of our unity in the face of human need. It is also an expression of our commitment to the much larger Body of Christ. Much good comes from our connectional ministry and the missions we support through this giving.

As we come to the end of this year I am urging every local church to keep their commitment to this tangible expression of unity. Please find out if your church is behind on its payments. I am making this appeal because there are certain financial realities that are impacting the life and ministry of the Conference. Continue reading…

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A statement presented to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference July 13, 2016, Lancaster PA
– View the full statement
– View the statement as printed in the Philadelphia Tribune

Messages from the Bishop

Bishop’s Blog

The Bishop’s Blog offers Philadelphia Area Bishop Peggy Johnson’s thought-provoking reflections on personal and social issues, which she has been sharing with Eastern PA and Peninsula-Delaware Conference constituents and many other readers since 2008.

News from Bishop Johnson