Bertram Johnson serves as Middle Church’s Executive Minister for Care, Worship & the Arts. Most recently he was on staff at The Riverside Church in the City of New York as Minister of Justice, Advocacy, and Change. Prior to that he was Pastor for Worship at Madrona Grace Presbyterian Church in Seattle. For more than two decades Bertram has worked in churches, non-profits, and faith-based organizations dedicated to social justice, spiritual, and public health. In Seattle he worked in HIV/AIDS research education at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center traveling nationally to promote awareness and access to prevention and support among communities most disproportionately impacted by the virus. He has years of experience directing emotional and practical care programs for people living with HIV/AIDS and as a chaplain for those facing cancer diagnoses.
Bertram is the first openly gay African American to be ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). As a faith leader he seeks to help bridge the divide between faith in God to healing our spirits and communities through God’s love and justice. He is a member of the NEXT Church Leadership Team and was a coauthor of The Sarasota Statement and contributed to additional devotional publications. He is passionate about the arts and has worked professionally on stage as a dancer and singer. A native Floridian, he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University.