Friday April 12, 5:30pm in Room 8 (Workshop Series)
Saturday April 13, 4:00pm in Sanctuary (Plenary)
A "Pioneer Spirit", servant hood coupled with a passion for souls, captures in a nutshell Rev. Paul W. Johnson.
Born in a small town in Ontario, Canada on October 8, 1953, Paul joined Open Doors with Brother Andrew in 1988. Open Doors is a non-profit non-denominational organization that distributes Bibles, brings encouragement and other aid to Christians living in countries where their religious activities are limited.
Prior to joining Open Doors, Paul served 12 years in pastoral and missionary service. Paul graduated from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College, Peterborough, Ontario in 1976. He began his missionary ministry while in Bible school to Native Canadians of the Cree and Ojibwa tribes in the barren northlands of Ontario. He has also served as an assistant pastor and pioneered three new churches. In 1979 he began four years of ministry among Native Canadians in Northern Ontario reserves. He last pastored an assembly near Toronto from 1983 to 1987.
Paul joined the organization founded by Brother Andrew, as the Canadian Program Assistant and then Program and Operations Director until his appointment as the Canadian Executive Director in May 1994.
As a representative of Open Doors, he has also visited Christians in restricted countries such as Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, China, Iran, Sudan and Mongolia and other regions.
Saturday April 13, 11:30am in Room 8 (Workshop Series)
Saturday April 13, 7:00pm in Sanctuary (Closing Plenary)
Dr. Joseph D’souza met Jesus as a university student in India. It was the teaching that “the just shall live by faith” that got his attention. Joseph had been raised in a Catholic home but prior to accepting the Lord, he had become an agnostic. He had a Christian friend who gave him a New Testament and talked to him about the Lord. Eventually his heart was changed by the Word of God and his faith became real.
Joseph felt the call of God into full-time ministry and together with his wife, began ministering in his home country of India under Operation Mobilization. Under his leadership over 3,000 churches have been planted in the last four years – primarily amongst the Dalit people (also known as “the untouchables”).
In 2001, Dr. D’Souza took up the cause of the Dalit people and organized Dalit Freedom Network International in support of the Dalits and their quest for freedom and a new spiritual identity. He was also appointed President of the All Indian Christian Council, one of the largest interdenominational alliances of Christians in India today. He believes that in Jesus we are all equal and have the right to human dignity and spiritual hope. Joseph has now become an International spokesman on the issues of freedom of religion, human rights and the work among the oppressed and marginalized.
In 2005, Dr. D’souza published his first book, Dalit Freedom Now and Forever. It traces the history of the Dalit quest for emancipation and the response of the Indian church. It gives a strong challenge toward the elimination of caste discrimination around the world. In 2007, his book On the Side of the Angels was co-authored with Benedict Rogers presenting “Justice, Human Rights, and Kingdom Mission”.
Dr. D’souza is President of Dalit Freedom Network and Operation Mobilization India.