About Deborah L. Johnson

“A bio can never really capture the essence of one’s being. I love good food, music, poetry, and laughter. To chill out, I like making massive bubbles on the beach that at sunset reflect all of the colors of the rainbow. I believe in and care deeply about humanity. Daily striving to bring forth a more transformative and empowered world, I can only trust that my sojourn makes a blessed contribution.  Below are a few highlights of my journey.”
— Rev. Deborah L. Johnson

Deborah L. Johnson is a dynamic public speaker, strategist, consultant, organizer, writer, teacher, facilitator, and trainer.

She is a life-long social justice advocate known for her ability to bring clarity, civility, and humor to complex and emotionally charged issues. Her work, spanning more than four decades, has been at the intersections of human rights, religion, race, sexuality, social mores, public policy, movement building, economic reform, and business development. She is dedicated to healing cultural and socio-political divides to bring forth the “The Beloved Community” and is particularly passionate about prison outreach and promoting understanding between progressive and conservative ideologies. Wherever she goes, her message is Oneness, inclusion, possibility, empowerment, and transformation.

Deborah’s groundbreaking work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, radio, internet, and television programs including ABC Night LineGlamour Magazine, Ms Magazine, Showtime’s Jumpin’ the BroomShambhala Sun Magazine, The Donahue Show, NPR’s Tell Me More/Faith MattersShift Network, and the films Bucky: A Fuller Vision and God and Gays: Bridging the Gap. Deborah was a successful co-litigant in two landmark civil rights cases. In 1984 as a plaintiff represented by Gloria Allred, Deborah set precedent for the inclusion of sexual orientation in California’s Civil Rights Bill in a public accommodations lawsuit. As a defendant in 2007, Rev Deborah helped defeat the challenge to the California’s Domestic Partnership Bill. A recipient of many awards, she is an inductee into the Board of Preachers of the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College, honoring clergy for their lifetime social justice work.

Rev Deborah L. Johnson is the founder of Inner Light Ministries, an Omnifaith spiritual community of approximately 1,500 in Santa Cruz, CA celebrating 20 years, and the Motivational Institute, an organizational development consulting firm specializing in cross-cultural relations. She is also a founding member of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angles with her mentor, Michael Bernard Beckwith. She currently serves on the Leadership Council of Association of Global New Thought (AGNT) and on the board of The Pachamama Alliance working with indigenous tribes to protect the Amazonian rainforests and sacred headwaters. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Public Service Sorority, Deborah is also a “Wisdom Keeper” with Jubilee Partners transforming the use of money as a tool for the common good. A lyricist, poet, and spoken word artist, Deborah is author of The Sacred Yes and Your Deepest Intent as revealed to her. These are transcriptions of prophetic direct downloads from Spirit that come in the form of verbal letters published by Sounds True in a series called “Letters from the Infinite.”

Deborah L. Johnson has served as an instructor at several institutes of higher learning, including UCLA’s Anderson School of Management’s Executive Leadership Diversity Training Institute 2000-2013, Pacific School of Religion, Holmes Institute, and MBB University. She holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Southern California (USC) 1978, an MBA in Urban Land Economics and Real Estate Finance from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) 1982, a Ministerial Degree from the Holmes Institute 1996, and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Agape University of Leadership and Transpersonal Studies 2014. Formerly, Deborah was a sales representative with Procter & Gamble, a Real Estate Investment Manager with Prudential Capital, and an Associate Urban Economist with Williams, Kuebelbeck, and Associates.

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Throughout her career Deborah L. Johnson has worked with thousands of people in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Her numerous clients have included:


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