R. DeAndre Johnson, Class of 2004
R. DeAndre Johnson is the pastor of music and worship at Westbury United Methodist Church, Houston where he directs a multifaceted music program of choirs for children, youth and adults as well as handbells and band. He has worked in churches of various sizes, demographics and worship styles in both Louisiana and Texas, receiving accolades for both his musicianship and expertise in the sacred music of the global church. He is frequently asked to teach and consult on diverse music and worship practices for multicultural congregations and communities.
He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music at Centenary College of Louisiana where he was a member of the Centenary College Choir and Centenary College Camerata under the leadership of Dr. Will K. Andress and Dr. Julia B. Thorn, respectively. He also received a Masterís of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University where he studied with Dr. Alfred Calabrese, Dr. Pamela Elrod Huffman and Dr. C. Michael Hawn. He is an ordained deacon in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church where he served on the conference worship committee for four years and three years as the worship/music coordinator. He has recently served as chorus master and guest conductor of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild Chorus.