Clifton Johnson was born in Marianna Arkansas, the third child of Mr. & Mrs. John W. Johnson. Clifton moved to Robbins, Illinois in 1951. He accepted Christ in 1968 and joined the Robbins Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Superintendent Carrie White. He served as a Sunday School teacher for 10 years, YPWW District President for 5 years and Deacon. In 1974, the Lord called Deacon Clifton Johnson to the ministry. In 1985, Elder Johnson joined Tabernacle C.O.G.I.C. which is currently under the leadership of Bishop Ocie Booker of 1st Jurisdiction of Illinois. He was appointed president of the Elders and Ministers Board. Elder Johnson was called to Pastor at Pension Temple Church of God in Christ which he served from 1994 to 1996. In July 2002, the Lord blessed Elder Johnson to find and now Pastor Lively Stones C.O.G.I.C.
In July of 2002, Elder Johnson started the Lively Stones Church of God in Christ in his garage. In August of 2003, prayers were answered and the Lively Stones C.O.G.I.C. Church building was dedicated. It is located in Altgeld Gardens Housing Project and has become an integral part of the community by offering substance abuse counselling, and providing clothing and toys for the children during the Christmas holidays. The church also serves free meals to the community on a monthly basis, as well as giving gift bags to children during Easter and providing school supplies before the start of school each year.
It is the desire of Elder Johnson and first lady Margie that the church will continue to grow and that they will be able to expand their outreach Ministry. "Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house, and holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:5