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Terrance Johnson looks relaxed in the pulpit of Higher Dimension Church. He’s wearing jeans, a plaid shirt and tennis shoes. A vest dresses up the ensemble a little bit.

The Higher Dimension Church’s Pastor Terrance Johnson during his sermon at the D-Spot Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Houston.”The reason I dress down is I kind of like it,” Johnson said with a laugh. “It also lets people know that you can be casual, decent and worship God.”

The 38-year-old who started his church in his mother’s living room in 1999 with just 29 parishioners was recently named one of seven pastors to watch by Gospel Today magazine. Today, some 12,000 people attend services at his church in the Westwood area of southwest Houston as well as its second location in Katy.

“Man, it’s an honor, and I just humbly thank the Lord for even putting me in the circle with these guys,” Johnson said. “Just being amongst them is a catalyst and drives me, pushes me to want to become better.”

The six others named were Pastors Charles Jenkins of Illinois, Craig Oliver of Georgia, Michael Pitts of Ohio, R.A. Vernon of Ohio, Joseph Walker of Tennessee and Lester Love of Louisiana.

Johnson’s influence reaches beyond the pulpit as he works to help people in the community live better lives.

Felicia Hunt, the church’s volunteer youth overseer and a member there for 11 years, was one of three recipients in the church’s annual car give-away.

“They chose three families,” Hunt said of her experience over two years ago when Higher Dimension handed her the keys to a 2005 Suzuki. “A single father, a single grandmother who had taken custody of her daughter’s kids and a single mother. I was the single mother who was chosen.”