About Us

Karen H. Johnson is the founder, President and Pastor/Teacher of the Hebraic/Prophetic ministry and fellowship, Olive Tree Connections. Karen and her family first came to Nashville in 1997 from North Carolina. Shortly thereafter Karen was invited to join the ministry staff of Trinity Music City Church, part of the TBN family located in Hendersonville, TN. For several years, Karen conducted a Hebraic/Prophetic teaching ministry in the conference center on the grounds of TBN. Week after week lives were challenged, impacted, and changed, leaving many listeners with a desire to pursue a deeper walk with God. The impact of Karen's powerful, life-changing teachings began to spread and eventually led to the formation of Olive Tree Connections in the year 2000.  Doors for ministry began to open in the year 2000 in the Bronx, New York, expanding to Queens, New Rochelle, Long Island and Poughkeepsie, NY. 

Karen's prophetic style of teaching has inspired hosts of people to greater heights: leaders in the church world, marketplace business people, children, teenagers, music industry professionals and even entertainers. Through Karen's teachings many have begun to discover their personal assignments and callings. The ministry of OTC is multi-faceted in purpose, multi-cultural,and cutting edge in its approach to teaching God's Word. Weekly, OTC holds two Hebraic based teachings through a Sunday morning worship gathering, and a Wednesday evening prophetic praise, worship and discipleship gathering, a Tuesday night intercessory prayer gathering (focused on Israel). (see Event Calendar).   At each meeting, ministers are available for personal/prophetic ministry and healing. 

Karen has appeared on the local TBN Praise the Lord program, the Christian Television Network, God's Learning Channel, several Nashville radio stations, and various chapters of Women's Aglow International. Because of personal tragedy in her own life, Karen has never forgotten the poor, the hungry and the homeless causing her to partner with Second Harvest Food Bank. Karen has ministered in such diverse venues from maximum security prisons, coffee shops, Planet Hollywood , the streets, to Trinity Broadcasting Network. Karen continues to minister and teach in the greater New York City area, as well as different ministries in Nashville, Tn. 

In 1998, Karen began her formal Hebraic studies under the mentorship of world renown scholar Dr. Karl Coke,  Ph.D, founder of The Timothy Program International.  Dr. Coke ranked her 1st in a class of 85 for Hebrew studies and for many years Karen was overseer and instructor over the Timothy Program in Nashville, Tn. Interestingly, Karen's formal biblical education has always been from the Hebraic perspective.  Karen is ordained and licensed under Restoration Fellowship International and OliveTreeConnections, Inc.  Karen has been a strong supporter of Israel since 1998.  

Karen and Olive Tree Connections have been host to many powerful ministers; Dr. John Looper, Kim Clement, Karl D. Coke,Gordon Jensen, Mark White, Tony Kemp, Randy DeMain, Bill Cloud, Paul Cox, Chad Taylor, Bert Crevier, Munday Martin, Charlie Shamp, Joseph Vogels, Sandy Powell, James Goll, Chris Poole, Kimble Knight, etc. 

Karen is the mother of three children,  and resides with her husband in the greater Nashville area.

Our Purpose:

(1) To love the LORD with all of our heart, soul and might. Dt. 6:5 And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All of the law and prophets hang on these 2 commandments. Mt. 22:36-40.

(2) To go and make disciples (talmidim) of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. Mt. 28: 19-20.

We Exist For:

worship
discipleship
fellowship
ministry
evangelism

Statement of Central Theology:

We Believe In:

(1) The eternal existence of one God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
(2) The inherent deity, eternal pre-existence, miraculous conception, virgin birth, total humanity, sinless life, atoning death, glorious resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ (Messiah Yeshua).
(3) The infallible authority of the whole Bible as the inspired Word of God for faith and instruction in righteousness.
(4) The establishment of doctrine for faith, practice, government, and discipline on the New Testament.
(5) The gospel of the kingdom as the gospel of the Bible preached from both the Old and New Testaments.
(6) Justification by faith alone in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the only means of personal righteousness.
(7) Water baptism as an outward sign of inward grace.
(8) In the celebration of holy communion (the Lord's Supper).
(9) The inherent brotherhood of the Christian community through the grace covenant of Jesus Christ. (Messiah Yeshua).
(10) The prophetic restoration of the church, the body of Christ, throughout the world to biblical principles in preparation for the second advent of Jesus Christ the Lord.
(11) The prophetic restoration and salvation of the nation of Israel in the last times.
(12) The resurrection of the dead to give immortality to both the dead and the living saints at Messiah's appearing.

Our Ministerial Umbrella/Affiliation:
 
Restoration Fellowship Int.
Bishop John A. Looper, D.C.T.
P.O. Box 5822
Cleveland, Tn.  37320
www.restorationfellowshipinternational.org

RFI is an international ministerial association with ministers and congregations across the United States, India, Mexico, and other nations.

Educational Recommendation

Biblical Life College and Seminary
Dr. Michael Lake
Email -  biblicallife@centurytel.net

The Timothy Program International
Founder: Dr. Karl D. Coke, Ph.D
www.timothyprogram.com
Email: kcea@aol.com

Bookstore
Andy Books
Kristen Coke
Founder/President
www.andybooks.com

Our financial records are audited and maintained by:

Hardee Accounting Firm, CPA
131 Maple Row Blvd.
Hendersonville, Tenn. 37075

Karen Johnson sits on the board of:

OliveTreeConnections, Inc.
P.O. Box 393
Gallatin, Tn.  37066
www.olivetreeconnections.com

Contagious Love International
Founder: Munday Martin
P.O. Box 1868
Antioch, Tn. 37011
mundaymartin@gmail.com
www.contagiousloveintl.com

Prayer Avenue
Becki Fortner (Founder)
www.facebook.com/prayeravenue

OliveTreeConnections is proud to be in partnership with:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
331 Great Circle Road
Nashville, TN 37228
tel: (615) 329-3491
www.secondharvestmidtn.org

 

Trafficking In America Task Force

Helping Create a Culture Free of Modern Slavery

Marion and Yvonne Williams (Founders)
www.traffickinginamericataskforce.org

 

Nashville Ministry:

 

Habitat for Humanity

www.habitat.org

 

Nashville Worship City Alliance
www.facebook.com/NashvilleWorshipCityAlliance

 

Voice of the Martyrs (VOM)

www.persecution.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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