Our First Lady


Kimya S.P. Johnson, Esquire
First Lady, Bright Hope Baptist Church

Our First Lady, Sis. Kimya Johnson, Esquire, is the life-partner in ministry with our pastor and her husband, Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson.

Affectionately called, “Sis. Kimya,” she not only is a God-fearing woman, faithful wife, and loving mother, but she is also a practicing labor & employment attorney at the Philadelphia-based law firm of Cozen O’Connor.  She represents employers in employment discrimination claims, wage and hour claims, and union-management relations. She regularly counsels and assists clients in the myriad of human resources issues that arise on a daily basis. Sis. Johnson also serves as the Director of the Diversity, Inclusion and Pro Bono and is responsible for spearheading diversity & inclusion efforts for the firm’s 575 attorneys across 23 offices.

Sis. Kimya received her B.A., cum laude, from Spelman College, a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Columbia University, and J.D., cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  Prior to practicing law, she worked as a public school teacher in South Bronx, New York through the Teach for America/AmeriCorps program for several years.

Sis. Kimya Johnson is very active in the Philadelphia community and serves on a variety of boards and civic/community organizations. She is a frequent speaker, author and presenter on a variety of legal, diversity and/or ministry-related topics, and she is most actively involved in the Church’s women’s, music and youth-focused ministries. “Lady Johnson” considers herself blessed, but her proudest roles are that of wife to Pastor Johnson and mother to their three children: Miles Hasani, Laila Rae, and Lena Shani.