#WestsideOnTheRise Community Profile: Dr. Dexter L. Johnson

This month, our featured community member is Dr. Dexter L. Johnson, pastor of Higher Ground Empowerment Center and president of the Vine City Neighborhood Association.

Venture below to hear him share his Westside story in this month’s @WestsideOnTheRise featured profile*, where he talks about the history of Higher Ground Church and the work he’s doing to empower his community.




Westside on the Rise*Audio interview available courtesy of #WestsideOnTheRise.


About Dr. Dexter L. Johnson
Dr. Dexter L. Johnson, Sr. is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He is entering his 22nd year as the Senior Pastor of the Higher Ground Empowerment Center Church formally known as Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, an inner city ministry. He is the proud parent of three wonderful children, Dexter II, Demario, and Danielle. He is the CEO and founder of The Oasis of Vine City, a “one stop shop” resource center. The mission of the Oasis is to empower the people in the Vine City community and surrounding areas and equip them with the tools and resources need to establish a better way of life and living. Dr. Johnson has ventured in many endeavors while working in the Vine City neighborhood and has brought forth many positive changes and accomplishments.

He has pursued studies at Towns Elementary School, C. L. Harper High School, Morehouse College, and Carver Bible College. He received an honorary Doctorate of Ministry from ABG Theological Seminary in 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1984 – 1988. Pastor Johnson is very active in the community and currently holds office as Chairman of the Vine City Civic Association, Founder and CEO of The Oasis of Vine City, Board of Directors of the Historic Mims Park Project, member of the Vine City/English Avenue Ministerial Alliance, Board of Directors for the National Monument Foundation and serves as a General Overseer in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International.