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About Minister
Shirley A. Johnson

Shirley Ann Johnson is a mother of three, Carlos, Nequila, Quincy, and Son-In Law Ken. She is also a grandmother to 20 grandchildren. She is a great-grandmother to ten, of which is a set of twin boys. She is a minister, author,  retired certified educator from Greenwood School District 50, and a widow who believes with her whole heart that nothing is too hard for God.

She graduated from Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, South Carolina  with a Human Services degree, Automated Office degree, and Secretarial Science degree. She also graduated from Lander University with a BS degree in Business Education. She furthered her studies at Clemson University and received her Masters degree in Administration and Supervision. Ms. Johnson is a twice certified National Board Professional Teacher. Ms. Johnson has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, but her greatest joy is knowing Jesus as her personal Savior, walking in her calling,  and loving her children, grands, and great grands.

She is an Associate Minister at Marshall Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she is celebrated as the first author of the church. She is a life-long resident of Greenwood, South Carolina. Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Ms. Johnson enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and encouraging others to go through the process to get to their purpose despite the pain so that they can reach their God-given potential. She is the owner of Shirleyjs LLC where she does consulting, writing and editing papers, preparing payroll documents, preparing soul food meals, speaking at events and sharing her many gifts and talents. Ms. Johnson has established a Scholarship Fund where she gives a scholarship to her grandchildren when they graduate from high school and enter college.

Ms. Johnson is the author of “Overcoming Adversity” and “The Hand of God.” Proceeds from the sale of her books  help to fund her scholarship.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. "

                                                             Proverbs 3:5-6 




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Dedication to Charles Johnson 

My book, The Hand of God, is dedicated to my late husband, Charles Johnson, the love of my life. We were married 39 years ago on Saturday, April 20, 1985. He was the epitome of a godly man, a faithful husband, and my best friend. He took care of his family and he worked hard helping everyone until his death. He was a singer, father, former track star, and baseball player. 


Our lives began as husband and wife on April 20, 1985 and ended on July 7, 1985. Although, we were married for only 77 days, the love we shared lives on thirty-nine years later. In my book, The Hand of God, I share how he warned me in a dream about a seven-month test that I would go through, but I did not understand at the time what it meant. I am thankful that the love we shared helped to sustain me, and with God’s help, I passed the test.


Charles’ love continues to reside in my heart. He showed me how a man is supposed to treat a lady. Our love is unending. Happy Anniversary Charles. You are in the presence of the Lord and I am in the hand of God.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

                                                       1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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