Charles Foster Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate.
He is founder and co-pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas. Throughout his forty-year pastoral ministry he has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas.
Rev. Johnson served on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, as Visiting Professor of Preaching. He has served as a pastoral mentor for students at Perkins School of Theology (SMU) and Brite Divinity School (TCU), where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is involved in civic and denominational life. and was has been twice named “Baptist of the Year” by the Baptist Center for Ethics (in 2004 and 2018). Rev. Johnson was inducted into Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers in 2008.
Advocacy for children has long been a cornerstone of Rev. Johnson’s work. He served on the Board of Trustees of New Horizons Treatment Center for Children and the Child Friendly Faith Project. In 2013, he founded Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide ecumenical organization mobilizing the faith community for public education support and advocacy. PTC now has over 2,000 faith partners throughout Texas and sister networks in four states.
Rev. Johnson is a frequent preacher and speaker in university, church, business, education, and non-profit circles. He has written for numerous publications, and has made guest appearances on cable network news shows. He is married to Jana, has three children, and three grandchildren. He enjoys reading, hunting, and spending time at his ranch in Desdemona, Texas.
Founder and Executive Director
Rev. Charles Foster Johnson
Dr. Charles Luke has over 30 years of education and non-profit experience, having served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in several Texas public school districts. He earned his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Education from Texas Tech University and his doctorate in education from the University of North Texas. Dr. Luke has also served as a board member, vice president, and chief strategy officer for Volunteers of America, Texas, and is the founder and Executive Director for the Tarrant County Spiritual Care Network.
In addition to his work with Pastors for Texas Children, he also serves as the Coordinator of the Coalition for Public Schools and as the founder and Director of the Coalition for Education Funding. He currently serves on the Faith-Based Advisory Board of the Child Welfare League of America, the Fort Worth Mayor’s Faith Advisory Cabinet, and on the advisory board for Helping Restore Ability in Arlington, Texas.
Dr. Charles Luke
Brandon Grebe has spent the past 25 years working with non-profit organizations specializing in social services for children, families and education. He has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brandon has served non-profit organizations in many capacities including Administration, Direct Care, Fundraising, and Development.
Brandon is married to Holli Grebe and they have three kids. He currently serves on the Board of the Mills County Museum and Historical Commission, the Texas Forts Trail, and volunteers with several organizations including the Texas Botanical Garden and Native American Interpretive Center, The Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and the Texas Archeological Society.
Brandon is a musician, outdoorsman, golfer and family man.
Director of Development
John Noble is a Roman Catholic advocate for social justice in the church and the world. He graduated from Drake University in 2017, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, where he studies ecumenism and Church history. John is particularly interested in organizing Christians for social equity and building transformative relationships across lines of difference.
John is passionate about faith-based community organizing for racial, gender, and economic justice, and he has brought this passion to groups like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Grassroots Campaigns, and Downtown Disciples, a Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to his work at Pastors for Texas Children, John currently serves as a TA at Brite Divinity School, a tutor for kids in Fort Worth, and a board member at NETWORK, a national lobby for Catholic social justice.
As a product of both public and Catholic parochial education, John is passionate about PTC’s mission of supporting fair and equitable funding for Texas public schools. He hopes and works for a day when Catholics and all Christians support public neighborhood schools as a provision of God’s common good. When he’s not working with PTC or studying, he enjoys spending time at home with his fiancée Quinn and their dog Shiloh.