Founder, The Hastening
Bret is a Pastor, Leader, Businessman, and Entrepreneur.
For the last year Pastor Bret has been serving two different Calvary Chapels in land acquisition and future campus planning and staff development. Before this, Bret served as the Campus Pastor of the Kingman, Arizona location of Central Christian Church. Central’s main campus is in the Las Vegas valley. Central is one of America’s largest churches with eight campuses, a huge online community and a partnership with God Behind Bars. Over 60,000 people attended one of Central’s 37 Easter experiences in 2016.
Until May of 2009, Bret L. Johnson served as the Lead Pastor of the now 15-year old South Hills Church Community in the Las Vegas/Henderson area of southern Nevada. South Hills Church Community started in 2001 with just a handful of people and grew to a church of 1,000 people in eight years under Bret’s leadership. South Hills also developed two properties worth $5 million and $20 million in that time.
Until January of 2000, Bret Johnson served for more than ten years as the Associate Pastor at Redwood Chapel Community Church in Castro Valley, CA (located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay). As Associate, Bret headed the Student Ministries Department, Missions Department and was responsible for many special events. Bret’s ministry to teenagers at Redwood Chapel was extensive with over 400 students in regular attendance each week.
Pastor Johnson worked with students (Jr. High, High School and College) primarily for seventeen years prior to starting South Hills Church. As a dedicated member of the National Network of Youth Ministries he coordinated church efforts in the Bay Area during the 1990’s. These efforts included huge youth evangelistic events reaching thousands of teenagers each fall.
In 1996, Bret spearheaded the Josh McDowell Bay Area Right from Wrong Campaign in conjunction with Santa Clara Valley Youth For Christ. Over 7,000 students attended this campaign. In addition, over 4,000 parents attended the Josh Adult seminars. In 1997, Bret was the Coordinator for the Youth Night of the Billy Graham Crusade and was the MC that evening in front of 55,000 people.
Bret is very interested and has a passion for cross-cultural ministry. He has worked in several countries speaking, teaching and especially leading teams of students to work and serve in these foreign countries. In 1999, Bret wrote a tract in Spanish that was passed out by hand to more than 5,000 people in Mexico City and the southern state of Oaxaca. The evangelistic dramas used by teams lead by Pastor Bret have been presented to thousands of people in Mexico.
Bret Johnson grew up in southern California, attended Whittier College, Talbot Seminary (a graduate school of Biola University in southern California) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Bret is married to Sallie (from the Bay Area) since 1986. They celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2016. They have three grown children: Kyle (and wife, Destiny), Kurt and Kailie. Bret stays in shape through Crossfit, loves to play golf, softball, and loves to travel, read and write.