Presiding Elder Johnny Calhoun is a native of Washington, DC. Graduating from Mackin High entered Morgan State University on an academic scholarship, he graduated in 1977, majoring in accounting and as a student government president. Upon graduation, he worked for several Fortune 500 corporations, including Procter & Gamble, Control Data, Commercial Credit and Honeywell.
Elder Calhoun preached his trial sermon in 1982, as a member of Bethel AME Church in the Baltimore Conference, under the pastorate of Bishop John Richard Bryant - his father in the ministry. During this period he received a Masters in Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary. While in the Class of Admissions, he temporarily left the corporate world to become the first administrator of Bethel. He later served as the Assistant Pastor of Waters AME Church, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. John W. Duckette, who he affectionately refers to as his uncle in the ministry.
Returning to corporate employment in 1985, his itinerant status as an ordained deacon was put to the test a year later, as he was asked and accepted an appointment, by Bishop John Hurst Adams, to accept an appointment to Adams Metropolitan in Charlotte, NC. - commuting from Baltimore every week. Thereafter he served as pastor of St. James AME Church in Asheville. Leaving the Western NC conference, he was appointed, by Bishop H.H. Brookins in 1992, Pastor of St. Stephen AME in Wilmington NC in the North Carolina Conference. After serving thirteen years in North Carolina, Elder Calhoun was appointed by Bishop Vinton Anderson, Pastor of Mount Olive in 1999. Under his leadership the church significantly expanded its ministries, outreach and capacity. A $3 million dollar community life center was erected, along with a State of MD bond bill funded community life center. During his watch the Annapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance was established, a 100 member men’s ministry, 80 member Annapolis Drum & Bugle Corp, The READY Program (Restoring the Environment And Developing Youth), and established the only black environmental nonprofit in Anne Arundel County.
On May 4, 2019, at the close of the Western North Carolina, Rev. Johnny Ray Calhoun was appointed by Bishop James Levert Davis, the Presiding Prelate of the Second Episcopal District, the Presiding Elder of the Capital District of the Washington Conference.
Presiding Elder Calhoun is married to the former Patricia Annette Riley, an ordained AME Elder, father of three: Nile. Nia & Nubia and grandfather of his beloved Kennedy.