He is a native of Wetumpka, Alabama, and a graduate from Birmingham-Southern College studying both Religion and Philosophy. He received his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is an ordained Elder in Alabama-West Florida Conference. His wife, Olivia L. Poole, is a graduate from Auburn University and Emory University. She is an ordained Elder in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, and serves Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Smiths Station.
Bruce served Trinity United Methodist Church in the late 1980's. After retirement, Bruce and Ann Johnson moved back to Phenix City, Alabama, and continue their service to the Kingdom of God and Trinity United Methodist Church.