God called the Johnson's as missionaries to Brazil while visiting one of their missionaries in 2013. At the time Leland was pastoring the Berean Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina.
God allowed Leland to grow up in a Christian home. He was saved at an early age, but could not remember for sure, so at fifteen years old he got things settled. He was called to preach at a youth conference at Gospel Light Baptist Church and graduated from Atlantic Baptist Bible College and later earned a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies from Piedmont Baptist Graduate School.
God also allowed Naomi to grow up in a Christian home and was saved at a young age. While she was in high-school she had plans to become a doctor and was accepted into John's Hopkins, but felt the Lord leading her in a different direction. She surrendered her life to Him and attended Pensacola Christian College.
Many people do not know that Brazil, not the United States, has the largest population of people of African descent outside of Africa, yet has no African-American church planters. The Johnson's believe that God has called them to reach the people of Brazil.
"Our goal is to follow Paul's plan in planting pastors and churches. Paul started the church at Thessalonica in only three weeks. He was able to do this because he had the right approach. Planting and growing men to do the work of the ministry was a priority for Paul, and it will be a priority for us as well. Please pray that God would use us in a special way among the people of Brazil."