Pastor C.L. Johnston celebrates 50th anniversary in pastoral ministry

Taylor Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand has issued a mayoral proclamation congratulating Pastor C.L. Johnston on his 50th anniversary in pastoral ministry.

Pastor Johnston began his lifetime dedicated to full-time ministry in 1960 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For the past 30 years, he has pastored full time at several churches in the Downriver area, including New Life Metro Church and Ignited International Ministries, which honored him with a surprise anniversary party the evening of Saturday, September 25, at Red Fawn in Allen Park.

Pastor Johnson was born in Abbeville, South Carolina, and was raised in Greenville, S.C. He attended Furman University, Lee University, Fort Wayne Bible College and John Wesley Bible Institute and completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he finalized his Master's Degree in Psychology.

According to the mayoral proclamation, Pastor Johnston "has a heart for people and has dedicated his life to preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ; people find him kind and gentle, with a warm personality." He is "honest, loyal, trustworthy, calm, joyful, witty, comical, giving and imaginative."

Pastor Johnston instituted a food bank at the church to help needy residents who visit weekly to receive groceries and other needed items. He is credited with being a "visionary who has reached across geographical lines to unite people from the Metro Detroit area to carry out his life goal of encouraging the discouraged and helping those in need."

Pastor C.L. Johnston