Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church will install officially Reverend Theo Johnson as its new pastor in special installation ceremonies during September.
The celebration will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., at Sweet Home with a worship service featuring Rev. Dr. Joseph Turner, senior pastor of Mount Moriah church in Perrine as the guest speaker. On Thursday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., the celebration at Sweet Home will continue with a worship service headed by Rev. Dr. Alphonso Jackson Sr., senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Richmond Heights. There will be a night of worship on Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., featuring gospel recording artist Ronald Julian from New York.
Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon until 4 p.m., youth and families are invited to Sweet Home to celebrate the new pastor with a Fun, Family and Friends Day Community Picnic on the Sweet Home grounds.
Finally, on Sunday, Sept. 22, installation ceremonies will take place during two services at Sweet Home beginning at 10 a.m. with a unity service. Rev. James Johnson, senior pastor of Christian Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX will serve as the guest speaker. At 4 pm, Pastor Johnson will be installed officially by Rev. Billie Mathews, senior pastor of West Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, TX.
All activities will take place at Sweet Home, 10701 SW 184 St., in Perrine.
ABOUT REV. THEO JOHNSON Theodis (Theo) Johnson III, 38, always believed he had a calling in his life. At an early age he sensed that he was destined to lead and help others. He grew up in Dallas, TX, in a neighborhood filled with hopelessness and few opportunities. So after graduating from high school, he left home to attend Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in Houston. Four years later he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television communications.
Being the first in his family to graduate from college, Johnson dreamed of becoming a television personality in Houston. He married his high school sweetheart, Alicia Jackson, and while expecting their first of four children, the couple decided to move back to Dallas to pursue the ministry. In Dallas Rev. Johnson became associate minister of West Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church and earned his Master of Theology degree in pastoral leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. During the next 10 years he helped establish three additional churches under the ministry and was promoted to executive pastor and lead pastor.
In 2010, Rev. Johnson moved to Miami to become associate pastor of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. After serving in that role for two years, Rev. Johnson was asked to assume the position as interim pastor.
In May 2013, the congregation of Sweet Home overwhelmingly expressed its desire to have him serve as the pastor, to which he graciously accepted.
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