The Rev. Kevin R. Johnson, pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church, told his congregation Sunday that he will leave the historic North Philadelphia church, formerly led by U.S. Rep. William H. Gray 3d, in October.
Johnson made the announcement during Sunday services at the church at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Barbara Grant, a spokeswoman for Johnson, said Monday. He said he would leave the church Oct. 31.
Johnson, who declined through Grant to be interviewed for this article, wrote in a letter to the congregation Monday that "it has become clear that there is a difference within the church around leadership and direction and, after careful reflection and meditation, my family and I feel it is time to move on."