New York, NY (April 24, 2012) - The historic Canaan Baptist Church of Christ congregation, family and friends celebrated the Sixth Pastoral Anniversary of Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr., Senior Pastor and his thirty-eight years of pastoral leadership, preaching and teaching the Gospel of Christ April 21-22, 2012. M ore than 200 guest attended the elegant black-tie banquet Saturday evening in the church's legendary Founders Hall to honor the esteemed Dr. Johnson and the lovely First Lady Donna B. Johnson. Tributes included gifts from the church's ministries to the honorees, proclamations from United States Congressman Charles Rangel, Senator Chuck Schumer and New York State Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez. Highlighting the evening was a special presentation from Aliah M. Jones, Producer of Broadway's new must see play, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE.
The anniversary celebration culminated during the Sunday 11:00am worship service with The Rev. Dr. Haywood T. Gray, Executive Secretary -Treasurer of the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Inc. preaching the celebratory sermon . An anniversary tribute was presented centered on the theme, The Cedar of Canaan . “We congratulate Dr. and Mrs. Johnson on this milestone. The Canaan family is grateful and thankful to Dr. Johnson, a servant of God, for blessing us with his spiritual leadership and vision. He is a pastor of great faith and integrity. The Official Board and Canaan family will continue to support our pastor as he leads Canaan into the twenty-first century as a progressive church," said Deacon Michael Russell,Chairman of the Official Board.
Songs of praise, tributes, and joy resonated throughout the anniversary weekend celebration as
the congregation, family and friends celebrated the Dr. Johnson's dynamic leadership benefiting
Dawn M. Hill
Public Affairs, Media and Public Relations Liaison
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
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