John Johnson (1725-1803)
John Johnson was born in Somerset, of Roman Catholic parentage.
He joined the Church of England at an early age and moved to London after completing an apprenticeship as a shoemaker.
Johnson was converted by the preaching of George Whitefield and after joining the Methodist itinerancy in 1758, was sent to Ireland.
He travelled throughout the country for the next ten years, before settling in Lisburn where he set up in business while still acting as a local preacher.
Johnson was highly regarded by John Wesley and was for a time employed as General Superintendent of the Irish work.
Source: Robert H. Gallagher, Pioneer Preachers of Irish Methodism (1965), 40-42.