Rev. Janelle Johnson

A native of Hampton, Virginia, Janelle Johnson attended the University of Illinois with a full scholarship in track and field. Later, she transferred to George Mason University. A six-time NCAA All-American, she competed in the 1995 Olympic Festival and qualified for the 1996 Olympic Trials. After graduating from George Mason University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she worked for WTJZ Radio in Hampton as an announcer and became a local radio personality.


In 1998, she moved to the Washington D.C. metro area and worked for several technology companies. During her seven-year tenure at Lockheed Martin, she was promoted several times and served as the corporate Diversity Manager while honing her leadership skills and developing keen business acumen.

In 2007, she earned a Master’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Organization Development and Strategic Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University. Currently, she works for the Federal government, in a Cabinet level agency, where she led the Department’s strategy to fulfill President Obama’s Executive Order to promote diversity and inclusion in the federal workforce. Currently, she leads the Agency’s workforce and organizational effectiveness strategies.


In 2005, she joined Reid Temple AME Church in Glendale, Maryland, under the leadership of the Reverend Dr. Lee P. Washington where she serves on the ministerial staff and in several other ministries. She accepted the call of God to preach in 2007 and by 2008 was licensed. Janelle’s launch into ministry was accelerated with requests to minister at a number of local churches. She was ordained in 2012 at Reid Temple AME Church and believes the best is yet to come.

In 2014, she was appointed as a commissioner by the County Executive to the Prince George's County, Maryland Human Relations Commission, which is the civil rights agency for the county to investigate and enforce all federal discrimination laws within the county. In 2017, she was elected as Vice-Chair and served until October 2019.  

As part of her commitment to continuous learning, she completed C:TM, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Theology and Ministry Program in 2017. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in the George Washington University Law School.


Janelle believes her greatest commitment and purpose are to serve God, people and her community at large.