New LARTL North Louisiana Director Named

Kelly Johnson joined the Louisiana Right to Life staff as North Louisiana Director this month after serving as a spokesperson and leader for the pro-life and pro-family movement in Louisiana and beyond for nearly two decades.

Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Benjamin Clapper made the announcement Aug. 9.

Kelly is also a Licensed Pastoral Counselor, a practicing member of the National Christian Counselors Association, and a certified teacher who has taught in the classrooms of some of Louisiana’s top public and private schools.

She and her husband, U.S. Congressman Mike Johnson (R-La.), have been called to serve in ministry together on the “front lines” of some of America’s most pivotal cultural battles. For their work in promoting the sanctity of human life, marriage and traditional family values, they have been the recipients of many honors, including “Champions of the Faith” award by the Southern Baptist Convention.

Kelly has been interviewed by and featured in many national media outlets including ABC’s Good Morning America, the CBS Morning News, TIME magazine, Citizen magazine, World magazine, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.

Kelly earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech, pursued a Master’s in Education at Centenary College, and earned her counseling license from Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling.

Kelly and Mike reside in Benton with their four children: Hannah, Abby, Jack and Will.

“We are so excited to have Kelly join our team to advance the pro-life mission in North Louisiana,” Clapper said. “In addition to being a Licensed Pastoral Counselor and a certified teacher, Kelly brings years of experience and expertise in pro-life and faith-based advocacy.

“There are so many positive pro-life efforts in the North Louisiana community, from pregnancy resource centers, maternity homes, peaceful sidewalk advocacy at the abortion facility, our Life March, and more. We look forward to Kelly supporting these efforts, along with advancing pro-life education and activism across the region. We look forward to her enthusiasm for life leading the cause of life!”

“With the shifting of the Supreme Court and the presence of the largest abortion facilities in the state in Shreveport, the coming years will provide us with new and unprecedented opportunities to contend for the cause and to educate and empower God’s people to stand for life.”