Reverend Johnny C. Owens, Jr.
“To God be the Glory, great things he continues to do!”
Reverend Johnny C. Owens, Jr., is the son of the late Deacon Johnnie C. Owens, a retired school principal and Margaret H. Owens, a retired Educator who resides in Savannah Georgia. Owens received a B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College of Atlanta Georgia in 1975. He holds two Master’s Degrees: A Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center of Atlanta Georgia, 1978, and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the California Family Studies Center of North Hollywood California, 1987, presently known as Phillips Graduate Institute.
Upon completion of seminary, he was ordained into the work of the Gospel ministry at the Antioch Baptist Church North of Atlanta Georgia in December 1977 by Dr. Cameron Madison Alexander, former pastor of Saint John, and President of the Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia.
Throughout his 21 year ministry as a Chaplain to the US Army, he held various battalion, brigade, installation and chaplain pastor positions in Georgia, the Republic of Korea, Washington State, Hawaii, Oklahoma and South Carolina. Career highlights include serving as the Director of the Chaplain Family Life Center at Schoefield Barracks and Fort Shafter Hawaii during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in August 1993, he became the Deputy Post Chaplain for Fort Sill, Oklahoma from December 1993 – March 1995. In this capacity, he was responsible for supervising the professional training of 37 Chaplains and the religious programs for a military community of 42,000 soldiers, families, retirees and Department of Defense civilians.
Of notable mention, in addition to regular chaplain responsibilities as a Captain, Major and Lieutenant Colonel, he served as the Senior Pastor of the largest and most viable worship service in each of the six geographic locations assigned over a career that spans two decades. These well attended Interdenominational services are the expressions of African American worship traditions on military bases, and meet the spiritual needs of people who are challenged to sing the Lord’s song in a strange and foreign land.
Maintaining a focus on developing stock market investing and trading skills for more than 30 years, lead to consistent phenomenal capital gains annually from 1990 – 2000. 5 Talent$ Financial Ministries, LLC was incorporated in 1998 and is the corporate entity created to advance Economic Empowerment that pursues financial increase as mentioned in Matthew 25:16.
Retiring from active duty on March 31, 1999, Reverend Owens transitioned to civilian life and has served as the highly regarded Senior Pastor of the Greenview First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina, since August 8, 1999. As Pastor, he has facilitated a sense of stability, promoted unity and created a positive church-wide atmosphere which enabled next level new beginnings in Christ to occur.
He is married to the former Sandra Denise Riley of Savannah, Georgia, who is currently a National Board Certified Teacher in the Richland 2 School District. They have one son, Jaron C. Owens who is a 2013 graduate of Clemson University.