New York, New York (April 12, 2010) - The congregation of Harlem’s historic Canaan Baptist Church of Christ will pause on April 25, 2010 to celebrate the 4th pastoral anniversary of Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr. and First Lady Donna Johnson. They are admired, loved and respected by Canaan disciples for their selfless devotion and steadfast leadership. In honor of this spiritual landmark in Ministry, Dr. Harold Cottom, III, pastor of the Mt. Enon Baptist Church, Dayton Ohio, will be the celebrant for the 11:00am service and Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church will be the celebrant for the 3:30pm anniversary worship service. Both visiting pastors will be joined by their choirs and congregation.
Dr. Johnson, considered one of the most dynamic clergy in America today, has been preaching for more than three decades. He is respected nationally and internationally as a leader, preacher,
and teacher. As the spiritual leader of Canaan, Dr. Johnson has been lead by the Holy Spirit to encourage Canaan disciples to worship God in spirit and truth, to study God’s word through Bible study, to practice good stewardship. Through his abiding faith, Dr. Johnson is committed to pastoral excellence and service, implementing God’s vision and empowering the people of God to reach new spiritual heights and to discover their destiny in the kingdom. The anniversary theme: A Man With a Vision: Lighting the Way! symbolizes and underscores Dr. Johnson’s continuing desire to stay focused on leading the church into the future.
Dr. Johnson is a native of Springfield, Ohio. He received the Doctor of Ministry (with distinction) from Drew University. In addition to his pastoral services, Dr. Johnson serves as the Executive Director of the Canaan Senior Service Center, Executive Director of the Canaan Housing Management Inc., and the Second Vice-President for Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement. He is a proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors recognizing his outstanding leadership as a dynamic preacher and leader.
First Lady Johnson, a loving wife, helpmate and leader, has been actively involved in developing and implementing strategies to keep the Harlem community healthy. She served on the planning committee of the first Central Harlem Health Revival. As a women’s health advocate, First Lady Johnson has focused on women’s healthcare, wellness issues, weight management and HIV/AIDS education and prevention within Canaan. First Lady Johnson is one of the chief organizers of “Go Red Dress” supporting the American Heart Association. She is the recipient of many community health awards.
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ is located at 132 West 116th Street. The public is welcome to worship with the Canaan disciples for a blessed anniversary celebration filled with powerful preaching, and good gospel singing. For more information call 212-866-0301 or visit cbccnyc.org.
ABOUT CANAAN BAPTIST CHURCH OF CHRIST
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ founded in 1932 is located in the heart of Harlem at 132 West 132nd Street between Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Square and Lenox Avenue. Sunday worship is held 8:00am and 11:00am. The church is known worldwide for its Afrocentric worship services, dynamic preaching of senior pastor Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr., great gospel music, and a voice for social justice, and Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, pastor emeritus. The church sponsors more than 19 outreach ministries meeting such diverse needs as housing, senior services, HIV/AIDS and anti-drug abuse. Canaan was the first church President Nelson Mandela visited in Harlem; the last place Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King spoke in New York City before his assassination.;