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St. Mark's and its pastor, ...
St. Mark's and its pastor, Rev. I.J. Johnson, will be guests for the concluding pastoral celebration service on July 1.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo said ...
The Blade newspaper in Toledo said the church was founded in 1955 by Pastor I.J. Johnson, who is still the senior pastor.
The Toledo Journal - SPECIAL EDITION
Rev. I.J. Johnson reaches 50th year as St. Mark's pastor
...Rev. Dr. I.J. Johnson
does not seek credit or praise for himself.Fifty years after he
arrived in Toledo to lead a church, he
still considers himself an instrument of God, a disciple happy to be leading a ministry of love.
The Blade newspaper in Toledo says ...
The Blade newspaper in Toledo says the church was founded in 1955 by Pastor I.J. Johnson who is still the senior pastor there.
Pictured (from left) are pastors Lee ...
Pictured (from left) are pastors Lee Williams, James H. Willis Sr., Robert A. Culp, I.J. Johnson, Cedric Brock and Otis Gordon.
Pastor John Roberts of Indiana Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Robert A. Culp of First Church of God and Pastor I.J. Johnson of St. Mark's Missionary Baptist Church were honored on Friday evening for their many years of service to the community as well as their individual churches.
''I thank God for the opportunity to live this long and be recognized among my brethren,'' humbly said Pastor Johnson.
Pastor Johnson recalled that one of his greatest accomplishments occurred in 1955 when he first arrived in Toledo from Montgomery, Alabama.
said the first year as pastor he
started out with three members but by the time a year had passed, membership had increased to over 100 people.
Pastor Johnson said his focus in the coming years is to not only help his assistant pastor, who is also his son, but to help the community and build a church from the ground up.