Dr. Michael Johnson, pastor of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, passed away. Friends shared that his death was due to COVID-19.
Dr. Johnson, a 1981 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, had served as pastor of Sixth Avenue since 1988.
He completed his general studies at Florida State University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Master of Divinity, Magna Cum Laude, and Doctor of Ministry degrees from The School of Theology, Virginia Union University in Richmond Virginia.
I got to know him when he served as president of the local NAACP and the Baptist Ministers Union.
He also served on the State Board of Directors of One Church One Child, and President of the District Congress of Christian Education, Dean of the Florida Baptist State Congress of Christian Education, President of the Florida General Baptist Congress of Christian Education, Director of the Florida Baptist STVU Center For Continuing Education, Director of the Spirit of Timothy, Young Pastors and Ministers Ministry of the National Baptist Convention and a member of many other local boards.
Dr. Johnson received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding Young Men of America, The D.C. Rice Scholar, The Omega’s Citizen of the Year, The Chappie James Award in Community Service, G. Jackson Award in Religion. The city honored him by naming the Michael J. Johnson, Sr. Housing Development after him.
Our condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and congregation. He will be missed.