Johnson was born in Minnesota in 1951 and became a Christian as a young child. Soon after, Johnson read seven books on prayer, which significantly affected his perspective and subsequent ministry.

Johnson's father, Melvin Earl Johnson (1929-2004) was the senior pastor at Bethel Church in Redding from 1968-1982 and subsequently became Executive Officer of the Northern California/Nevada District Council of the Assemblies of God. Earl Johnson had four children, all of whom are in full-time ministry.

Bill Johnson and his wife have three children: Eric, Brian and Leah.

Bill Johnson (October-08-2021) Watch Full Sermon: Return to First Love. In this sermon, Bill Johnson exhorts us to return to our first love, teaching from Revelation 2 on the church of Ephesus who operated in great spiritual authority, but lost their passion. God is reducing us to the simplicity of devotion to Christ, because that’s where our strength is. Bill leads into an encounter with Jesus by encouraging us to return to our first love.

Bill Johnson & Larry Sparks (October-05-2021) Watch Open Heavens: Encountering the God of Revival. How do you position yourself to encounter the God of revival? Join Bill Johnson and Larry Sparks as they discuss Bill's new book on revival, Open Heavens. Revival is to be the normal Christian life.

Bill Johnson (October-01-2021) Watch Sermon: The Power of the Gospel. Bill Johnson reminds us that the gospel was never meant to be demonstrated in word only, but it is the power of God for deliverance, healing, and forgiveness of sin. Jesus set the standard for us when He told the disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, and cleanse the lepers. Miracles are for the purpose of confirming the Word of God, because the action always illustrates the Word. Bill's message follows a time of praying for the sick, specifically those with head injuries, brain trauma, other neurological disorders, and cancer.

Bill Johnson (September-29-2021) Watch Open Heavens 2021 | Day 1 Live Preview - Bethel Church, At Open Heavens 2021, we will encounter the life-altering Presence of God together, gaining fresh vision, renewed hope, and revived passion for a world in need of Jesus’ love and power. One encounter changes everything, from your workplace, to your city, to your nation, to the globe. Come be transformed, empowered, and equipped to be a living encounter.

Bill Johnson (September-28-2021) Watch Message: The Gospel and the Cross. Bill Johnson and Bethel Associate Pastor and Dean of BSSM Dann Farrelly discuss what Bethel Church believes about The Gospel and the power of The Cross. Bethel has adjusted their church services over the years so that people could come to know Jesus and receive ministry.

Bill Johnson (September-24-2021) Watch Full Sermon: Treasuring the Word. In this sermon from 2018, Bill Johnson unpacks how to treasure the Word. The Bible is so deep that we will be studying for eternity, as every facet is a glimpse of His face. The Word of God is endless in its scope and study. Bill shares personal secrets from his own time in the Word, including stories of when he audibly heard the voice of God. He also unpacks Isaiah 30.

Bill Johnson (September-24-2021) Watch Sermon: Our God is faithful

Bill Johnson (September-21-2021) Watch Sermon: Is the Passion Translation Heresy?

Bill Johnson and Bethel Associate Pastor and Dean of BSSM Dann Farrelly discuss different Bible translations and their views on The Passion Translation.

Have you ever been curious about The Passion Translation or wonder why Bethel Church uses it so often? In this video, Bill Johnson shares why he enjoys the Passion Translation (TPT) and that while he enjoys reading it for personal study, he only teaches and writes his books out of the New American Standard Bible (NASB) or the New King James Version (NKJV). 

Bill Johnson (September-17-2021) Watch Full Sermon: Walking in the Spirit. How do you know if you are walking in the Spirit? Bill Johnson unpacks Romans chapter 8 for us, revealing the nature of a life in partnership with the Holy Spirit. As sons and daughters of God, it is our nature to be led by the Spirit, familiar with His voice. The more we learn to yield ourselves, the more walking in the Spirit is normal and natural.

Bill Johnson (September-14-2021) Watch Message: The Sovereignty of God

Bill Johnson and Bethel Associate Pastor and Dean of BSSM Dann Farrelly discuss God's sovereignty and what Bethel Church believes, understands, and teaches regarding the sovereignty of God.

When it comes to the sovereignty of God, what does that mean for us as believers in Jesus? Is God in charge of everything but doesn't control everything? How do we know when something is God's will?

If we look at scripture, we have been given an assignment to preach the Gospel. We have been written into God's sovereign plan for humanity. But how does this all play out in our daily lives and God's plan for the future? We invite you to watch this video to hear Bill Johnson and Dann Farrelly discuss these questions in-depth what it means to serve a sovereign God who empowers His sons and daughters to see His will come to pass.