Barbara Johnson

Board Member

Church: Our Lady of the Holy Cross Catholic Church

Work: Retired

Barbara was born in the state of Mississippi. Her parents fled the south when she was about 3 or 4 years old to settle in St. Louis. She was educated in the school system of the Catholic Archdiocese from grade school through high school. She has several certificates in early childhood development and an associate’s degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood.

Barbara has worked as a nurse assistant at St. John's medical center (now SSM Mercy), Famous-Barr Downtown St. Louis in the Auditing Office for 9 years, and for the Department of Mental Health (Malcolm Bliss Hospital and St. Louis State Hospital) for 15 years as a Data Entry Operator, Clerk Typist ll, Mini Computer Operator. She has also worked for the St. Louis City Public Schools as a Parent Educator in the Parents As Teachers Program for 4 years, a nanny and doula for an agency, and for Riverview Gardens Schools as a Parent Educator in the Parents As Teachers Program. She has always held 2 jobs, one full-time and one part-time during my work career. Barbara is now happily retired.

Barbara has always been active in a variety of things. My husband and I loved to play volleyball and we did so for over 20 years. She loves a diversity of activities to find joy in life including: traveling like a good road trip, movies, theater, water aerobics, concerts, music, historical reading, dining out at new places, and connecting with various social and activist groups.

Barbara is committed to social justice work with MCU because it would be a dishonor to her enslaved ancestors to just sit back and do nothing. More than that, she believes it would be impossible to practice her Faith and not do this work. She believes that Jesus Christ laid the foundation for her to follow in his works; that He died to save her soul. She believes the work she devotes herself to helps her to follow in Jesus’ footsteps as it is part of the job of a disciple. Currently, Barbara is involved with the following MCU committees: Education Task Force, Communications Team,Money Team, and Environmental Justice Task Force

"God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control".

MCU puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations and communities to change public policy for the common good.
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