Deaconess Annette, husband Harry, Daughter Royce Ann
Deaconess Annette Johnson assists Father Grote in the ministry of the Church, especially with women and children, under the supervision of the Bishop. She holds a degree in Education with certifications in Reading and Learning Disabilities. Her graduate work has been in the areas of Educational Psychology and Theology. She was set apart as a Deaconess on the Feast of St. Bridgid (Bride), January 31, 1993. Deaconess Annette and her husband, Harry K. Johnson III, are founding members of St. Matthias.
A Deaconess is 'set apart' but not an ordained office of ministry in the same respect as Deacons, Presbyters, and Bishops. These offices are reserved for men according to Holy Scripture. However, the ministry of Deaconess is an ancient and useful ministry for women. To learn more about the ministry of Deaconess, you may visit the Deaconess Website for the Reformed Episcopal Church.