In 2004, leaders of New Light Christian Church in Houston asked Harlene Johnson, a former banker who'd recently moved to the city from Louisiana, to lead the formation of a faith-based credit union.
She proved to be more than qualified for the responsibility.
Johnson’s banking background—and determination—allowed the credit union to navigate the chartering process. But from the beginning she was struck by credit unions' people-helping-people philosophy.
Under her leadership, Light Commerce Credit Union has emerged as a beacon in her local community, offering products and services that enable members to reach the economic mainstream.
Through Johnson's tireless efforts as CEO, Light Commerce merges faith, financial services, and social responsibility.
“I love to share the knowledge and the blessings I have with others,” she says. “Being a part of a wonderful church that helps people not just spiritually but in all areas of their lives has provided me with the freedom to pursue that passion and make a difference in the community.”
The readers of Credit Union Magazine named Johnson the 2019 Credit Union Hero of the Year.