Historic church gets new pastor

Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, one of the most historic Black Churches in the United States reaches a new milestone June 17, 2018.

“Envisioning the Future Exceptionally” is the theme as The Reverend John Fitzgerald Johnson will be installed as the 13th pastor in the history of Houston’s, first and oldest African American Baptist Church. The congregation was founded by two white Baptist ministers and nine former slaves in 1865 upon hearing that they had been emancipated.

Pastor Johnson’s, Pastoral Installation ceremonies take place June 14, 15, with Pre-Installation Revival Services that will feature guest preachers, Rev. Terry Anderson, Pastor of Lilly Grove Baptist Church, Houston TX., and Dr. Maurice Watson, Pastor of  Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, MD.

On Sunday, June 17, the celebration concludes with a with a 10:15 a.m. Worship and 3:00 p.m. Investiture Service led by Dr. James A. Boyd, Pastor, of Zion Gate Baptist Church, Columbus Mississippi, and Gospel Recording Artist, Kim Burrell.

A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Pastor Johnson served as the Senior Pastor of Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville, Mississippi for seventeen years before accepting the call to Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in March of 2018.