Pastor M.C. Johnson
SPRINGFIELD ” Pastor M.C. Johnson, 83, of Springfield, died Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born May 11, 1924 in London, KY, the son of Mitchell C. and Ruth Etta Sutherland Johnson. He married Betty J. Paino on November 23, 1944. His parents; one brother, Fred Johnson; and one sister, Beulah Wilson, preceded him in death.
Pastor Johnson was the founding pastor of Calvary Temple Church in 1966, retiring in 1994. He was a U.S. Marine veteran serving in WWII, where he received three Purple Hearts for wounds received during the invasion of the Island of Tarawa. He was a member of the VFW and DAV, Assemblies of God, Sangamo Club. He attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and was Alumnus of the Year in 1982. He was named on Christianity Today’s National List of Top 10 Christian Newsmakers of the Decade in 1979. He was founder of the Fishers of Men program, a program used nationwide by churches to encourage members to invite their friends to church. He traveled the world as a missionary evangelist, preaching in over 52 countries. He was the founding pastor of Calvary Temple Church, Calvary Day Care, and Calvary Academy. He started the church in 1966 and retired in 1994.
Survivors: wife, Betty J. Johnson of Springfield; one daughter, Donna Jean (husband, Robert) Squires of Springfield; one son, Mark R. (wife, Rena) Johnson; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald C. (wife, Marge) Johnson of Gainesville, FL; several uncles; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pastor M.C. Johnson prefers memorials be given to Calvary Temple Church Building Fund.
Visitation will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2007 at Calvary Temple Church. Services: 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2007 at Calvary Temple Church. Burial: Private family entombment at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Staab Funeral Home of Service.
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