Paul’s Story


Paul Johansson, born and raised in New York City, presently serves as Chancellor and Chairman of Elim Bible Institute and College, of which he was President from 1994 – 2006.  He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of the New York School of Urban Ministry in New York City.  He and his wife, Gloria, have served 11 years in missionary service in Kenya, East Africa.  There, along with other responsibilities, established the All Nations Gospel Church and co-founded the Nairobi Pentecostal Bible College.

He has a Master’s Degree in African Studies from New York State University of Brockport, New York.  He spent 17 years at Elim Bible Institute as Dean of Students while teaching in the classroom and counseling students.  He is a regular speaker at missionary and leadership conferences and holds overseas Ministers’ Training Seminars.  He spent ten years in New York City where  currently he is involved in re-connecting with New York City pastors, along with home and overseas ministries.  He serves as an elder in the leadership of Elim Fellowship.

He has published a book on Romans entitled “Free by divine Decree.”  It has now has been translated into Arabic,English, Mandarin and Spanish.  This book invites the reader into the courtroom to witness the case for our freedom argued and decided.  The verdict is in:  condemnation is out!  He also has DVD’S and CD’s with Study Guides for courses in the Book of Acts, Hebrews and Biblical Ethics. To contact us, email:

We have a new book out on our journey, “FAITH ON ASSIGNMENT.” This is our story of steps of faith we have taken in obedience to His direction. At each place, we have tried to be candid about the challenges faced and the victories won. We have been in New York, Nairobi, Lima, and places in between. We trust our book helps you to believe God for your next step. It is available on Kindle through Amazon and books through us. Books on Romans and our story are $5.00 in order to make them available to everyone. Postage is $3.00 per book.

He and his wife Gloria, reside in Hampton Virginia.  They have two married children, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  They have been married and have ministered 62 years together.