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Bryan Johnson

Director of Sacred Music

Bryan Johnson, Executive Director of Sacred Music, researches, plans, consults, implements, and monitors the ministry of music for the church, supervises the performance of the music staff and contract musicians, and ensures the development of their musical skills and talents by providing coaching, training, and workshop opportunities. He directs the rehearsals and performance of all choirs, ensembles and praise teams, and supports the movement ministry partners.


Bryan joined the Music Department of Trinity United Church of Christ in 1996, and was initially assigned as Director of the Little Warriors for Christ Choir. Over the years, he has been the director of the Imani Ya Watume Choir, the Praise Team, and since 2011, the Sanctuary Choir.


Bryan received a Bachelor of Arts from Chicago State University, and a Masters of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has been married to his wonderful wife, Deacon Joi Buchanan-Johnson for 23 years. His family has roots in Jamaica, Barbados, and Brazil.



Dr. Julia M. Speller

Director of Christian Education

Dr. Julia Speller serves as Director of Christian Education and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Chicago State University, a Masters of Religious Education from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in the History of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. She is also Associate Professor of American Religious History and Culture at Chicago Theological Seminary.