REVEREND TYRONE L. JOHNSON was fascinated when he read Matthew 20:28 which states, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many,” it was then that he knew that he wanted to be a Virginia Beach and retired as a Construction Inspector with over 35 years of service. He has served in the United States Army and the Virginia National Guard where during his tenure was deployed to the Gulf War; and currently serves on the board of the Court House Estates Home Owners Association.
Reverend Johnson is a graduate of Tidewater Bible College where he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Leadership. He has been afforded the opportunity to teach classes, hold seminars, serve as a revivalist, and to preach at various churches. On March 12, 2008 he was elected pastor-elect, and on April 27, 2008 was installed as Pastor of the New Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a former member of the Hampton Roads Black Caucus, an organization whose goal is to raise funds to support those in the political arena whose platforms are beneficial to and/or are influential toward the African American Community. He is a member of FLAME (Fostering Leadership And Ministering Excellence); an organization founded by the Bishop Dwight Riddick, Sr. Pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, VA. FLAME is made up of a delegation of preachers, whose purpose is to come together for the mutual benefit of “ministering to ministers” by sharing views and concepts in the vast areas of church life, and therefore enhancing their various ministries. He is also affiliated with the Steynburg Preaching Institute, a peer learning group also facilitated by Dr. Riddick that challenges preachers intellectually, academically and cognitively by striving to reach each ministry’s varied generations.
During Reverend Johnson’s tenure at New Oak Grove his vision lead to the revamping of the church’s Seniors and Youth Ministries; strengthened church leadership roles and responsibility; added training for the Ministerial Staff; brought to fruition part one of an expansive building plan; established Oak Grove Hall, a premiere banquet facility; established a Summer Reading Academy; birthed an affiliation with Blackwater Baptist Church, a Caucasian church in the community wherein he was the first African American preacher to grace the pulpit there; formed various partnerships and relationships with Councilwoman Barbara Henley, former Congressman Scott Rigell, Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander, and other City and School Board Officials; facilitated various training and community service seminars; and has partnered with sister ministries to host Tri-Church Revivals and other relevant services. During the COVID 19 pandemic he formed a special committee to plan the church’s reopening after churches and business closed their doors, March 2020. Reverend Johnson has been blessed to have received many accomplishments and achievements, but most importantly is blessed to be called a “Fisher of Men.” He is most proud that God has allowed him to serve His people in a way that is beyond comprehension, and mimics Jesus’ words in Matthew 20:28, “He came not to be served, but he came to serve.” NLV
God has joined him together with his lovely wife, First Lady Selnetta Johnson, “Lady J”, and they make their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Lakisha (Damion), and Tanisha (Kevin), and grandparents to three grandsons, Reshaun, Daylen, and Dayce; and a granddaughter, Serenity Renae.
Reverend Johnson’s favorite scripture is Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
First Lady Selnetta “Lady J” Johnson was born in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Melvin Clary and Mrs. Shirley Clary. She is the wife of Reverend Tyrone L. Johnson, Pastor of New Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia and has served in many capacities in the church. She is a past Sunday School Teacher, Women’s Ministry President and usher. She currently serves with the Deaconess Ministry and as the Director of the Women of Excellence Women’s Ministry, and is a mentor to many other young girls in the church and community.
She is most proud of her two adult daughters, LaKeisha (Damion) and Tanisha (Kevin), and grandsons, Reshaun, Daylen and Dayce.
“Lady J” loves the Lord with all of her heart, all of her mind and all of her soul, and her favorite scripture is Psalm 91:1, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.