Our story began with Elder Martin Johnson accepting the call of God to pastor in December of 2002. Since Pastor Johnson communed with God, he gained the guidance he sought. As a result, he received the vision for New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria. This vision formed the basis of a ministry that would call people of God to the next level. God then provided Pastor Johnson with the name, New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria. Under God’s guidance, this ministry “equips and empowers the people of God in winning the world to Christ.” In fact, God led Pastor Johnson and New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria co-founder and co-Pastor Elder Lisa Johnson, affectionately known as First Lady Lisa, to their first place of worship at 8900 N Industrial Road. Then, the ministry first opened its doors under direction from God on February 9, 2003.
New Beginnings Ministries now resides at 3201 N.E. Madison Avenue. God has led our ministry to make a difference in the lives of the community we serve. Consequently, we make an impact felt all over Peoria for the Body of Christ. The spirit of the Lord is evident in each service, breaking yokes and setting souls free. Our Pastors fulfill the ministry’s vision through holistic teaching to a growing number of believers every day.
About Pastor Martin Johnson
Pastor Martin Johnson is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria. He is a dedicated servant of Jesus Christ that serves with valor, authority, insight, caring, and the affectionate touch of a good shepherd. His ministry has been largely birthed on love and compassion in helping to make a difference in the lives of people. He has a genuine passion in ministering to the marginalized. His practical preaching and teaching of the gospel message has enabled him to cross social and economic barriers in ministering the word of reconciliation.
Pastor Johnson is committed to serving his community with the Love of Christ and challenges others as well. He serves on various community and city leadership teams within the city. Through his deep conviction, he is a crusader in challenging other pastors to become more community minded in their ministry approach. He shares candidly about the challenges the local church faces in today’s community and provides spiritual, solution-driven responses to matters of social inequality and political injustice with cultural sensitivity.
Pastor Johnson is an alumnus of Aenon Bible College, Moody Bible College, and Liberty University. He has successfully retired from the United States Air Force after serving honorably for 29 years with numerous awards and medals.
In addition to being married to his one and only, Pastor Lisa, he cherishes his three children, Tavis, Martez and Tia Johnson.
Co-Pastor (affectionately called Lady Lisa) began her public ministry in January 2002. She is passionate about teaching and preaching the word of God in practical ways and serves as an ordained minister under the leadership of her husband, Pastor Martin Johnson. She emphasizes principles of praise, faith and family as a co-founder of New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria. Known for her ‘down-to-earth’ personality and love of laughter, Lady Lisa allows those qualities to guide her into the unique ministry that God has called her to… being herself in God!
She enjoys imparting the truths from the word of God that helps individuals to understand their position in Christ.
In her secular activities, Lady Lisa currently works in Information Services and also is the owner and manager of “RealeTRUTH Properties” whose vision is to provide affordable housing and opportunities for residents of the Peoria area. She also enjoys physical activity and is a certified fitness instructor, teaching at the Nannie M Johnson Community Center (owned by the ministry).
Lady Lisa believes her first calling is to her husband and their three children. She proudly assists her husband and serves faithfully in a vast array of ministries at New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria.