Rev. Curtis L. Johnson ‘99
Occupation: Pastor of Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church
As a native of Greenville, SC, much of my professional career as a pastor has caused me to be engaged in social justice matters. I founded the MLK Dream Weekend event, which has become the community-wide celebration of the King Holiday in Greenville, for ten years. Many jobs were created because of this event, and over $1 million in scholarships were presented and credited with helping to increase the diversity conversation across Greenville, SC. I founded 100 Days of Nonviolence for 2013 and 2014, which helped reduce violent crime in Greenville County by 20%.
Currently, I am a certified Nonviolence365 trainer for the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, GA, with Dr. Bernice King (the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin L King, Jr). While at North Greenville, he earned recognition on the National Dean’s List for academic performance and went on to earn his master’s degree. He became pastor of Valley Brook Outreach Baptist Church in 1990.