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Former response Managing Editor Sherrie Dobbs Johnson Dies at 72

Former response Managing Editor Sherrie Dobbs Johnson Dies at 72
Sherrie Dobbs Johnson

The Rev. Sherrie Dobbs Johnson, former managing editor for United Methodist Women’s response magazine, died of respiratory issues complicated by COVID-19 infection at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Community Medical Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, March 27.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, August 1, 1948, and reared mostly in Paris, Tennessee, Johnson went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She later received extensive management and public relations education while in the United Methodist Publishing House Executive Training Program.

Johnson became director of public relations at the United Methodist Publishing House in Nashville and later served in the same position at Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University) in Atlanta before coming to New York to work with the General Board of Global Ministries and Women's Division as response managing editor 1981-1991. While at Global Ministries, she began studying for ordained ministry and received a Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary in New York City in 1992.

Johnson’s ministry as an ordained elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference was expansive, including work on the local, conference and national levels of the church. She served as pastor in local churches in New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York, and as a conference communicator, a District Superintendent, as Northern New Jersey Council Director and at the denomination’s quadrennial General Conference. Johnson served as Assistant Dean at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and was a contributing author for all three volumes of General Board of Discipleship’s Africana Worship Book in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Johnson was the devoted mother of Aaron Heath Dobbs, grandmother of Nya and Erin Dobbs and spouse of retired Bishop Alfred Johnson. She officially retired in 2015 but continued to write, preach, teach and serve the church until her death.

Johnson credited The United Methodist Church for blessing her with eye-opening educational experiences both formally and informally, and a geographically
boundless community.

“Church work has put me in community with a rich army of dedicated, gifted and loving people I would have never encountered otherwise. I thank God for my ‘calls’ to ministry, and the faith to say yes to all of them,” she said.

Posted or updated: 4/3/2020 12:00:00 AM