PODCAST: Spreading the credit union gospel

The 2019 Credit Union Hero of the Year says her faith led her to credit unions.

Harlene Johnson

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.


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