Rev. Janet Boykin Johnson


Rev. Janet Boykin Johnson
June 4, 1942 – March 25, 2015
UU Church of Cortland and First Unitarian Church of Chicago

  • Graduated from George Washington High School; attended Spelman College; graduated from Hunter College in 1966
  • Received Master of Social Work degree at University of Chicago
  • Married George Boykin in 1963; daughter Kiaris born 1965; later married Clarence R. Johnson with whom she had second daughter Kimari
  • Worked as a social worker in Chicago Public School System for more than 20 years; active member of the First Unitarian Society of Chicago
  • Member of Amnesty International and of the Board of Directors for the River Oaks Towne Houses Cooperative
  • Participated in community affairs and gave selflessly to her family and the public, adopting two of her grandsons (Jason and Justin Johnson), and hosting international exchange students as a program coordinator with Experiment in International Living
  • Moved to San Francisco in 1996 to pursue ministry, earned Master of Divinity at Starr King School for the Ministry in 2002
  • Part-time minister to the Mt. Diablo Church of Walnut Creek (2004 – 2007)
  • Consulting minister at Unitarian Universalist Church of Cortland, NY (2008 – 2013)
  • Served on pastoral care hospital boards and co-managed a clothing store run by the Chaplaincy for the Homeless