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1. Photo Dr Reverand Douglas Wayne Johnson was born on 21 Aug 1934 in Santa Fe Township, Clinton County, Illinois. He received a degree in 1956 in McKendree College, Lebanon, Saint Clair County, Illinois. He was ordained in 1957 in First Methodist Church, Murphysboro, Jackson County, Illinois. He was ordained in 1959 in First Methodist Church, Centralia, Illinois. He received a degree in 1959 in Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was pastor of Pullman Methodist Church between 1960 and 1964 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He received a degree in 1963 in Boston University Graduate School, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was director of research for the Chicago Home Missionary and Church Extension Society between 1964 and 1966 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. He was director of research for the National Council of Churches between 1968 and 1975 in New York, New York County, New York. He received a degree in 1968 in Northwestern University, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois. He was executive director of the Institute for Church Development between 1975 and 1985 in Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. He was director of research for the Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church between 1985 and 1999 in New York, New York County, New York. He retired on 1 Sep 1999 in Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. He died on 17 Oct 2008 in Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey.1 From the North New Jersey Record:

Dr. Reverend Douglas W. Johnson

JOHNSON Reverend Dr. Douglas W., of Ridgewood died October 17, 2008. Beloved husband of Phyllis (nee Heinzmann). Loving father of Kirk and wife April Johnson of Fair Lawn; Heather and husband Greg Walker of Ho-Ho-Kus; Kirsten and husband John Sharo of Midland Park; Tara and husband Evan Johnson of Midland Park. Adoring grandfather of Christel, Cole, Cory, and Carson Walker, and Stephanie, Patrick, and Ella Sharo. Devoted brother of Alex and wife Sherry Johnson, Wayland and wife Diana Johnson, Ralph and wife Sandy Johnson, Geraldine and husband Joe Oram, and the late Jerry Johnson. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Ridgewood. Rev. Johnson was listed in several editions of 'Who's Who', and had authored 18 books and numerous articles. He taught sociology at Western Connecticut State College, and served several churches in Illinois and Massachusetts. In addition, he was the Director of Research for the National Council of Churches and for the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church. He owned and operated American Home Entertainment in Ridgewood from 1992-2006. His family was incredibly important to him, and he always organized family trips. Rev. Johnson cooked family dinner for 17 every Sunday. Funeral Services will be Wednesday 10:00 AM at the Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood. Visiting hours today 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Feeney Funeral Home, 232 Franklin Avenue, Ridgewood. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ridgewood United Methodist Church, 100 Dayton St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 –OR- The Smile Train, 41 Madison Avenue, 28th Floor, NY, NY 10010 (www.smiletrain.org) would be appreciated. feeneyfuneralhome.com He was buried on 22 Oct 2008 in Ridgewood, Bergen County, New Jersey. Dr Johnson has published 19 books and numerous articles and research reports and papers. He has been listed in Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in the World.