MIAMI – Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church is officially installing the Rev. Theodis (Theo) Johnson III, 38, as its new pastor with events at the church, 10701 S.W. 184th St. in Perrine.
The five days of celebration will kick off on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. with a worship service featuring as guest speaker the Rev. Dr. Joseph Turner., senior pastor of Mount Moriah church in Perrine.
On Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. the celebration at Sweet Home will continue with a worship service headed by the Rev. Dr. Alphonso Jackson Sr., senior pastor of Second Baptist Church in Richmond Heights.
On Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 pm, there will be a night of worship featuring gospel recording artist Ronald Julian from New York.On Saturday, Sept. 21 from noon – 4 p.m., youth and families are invited as Sweet Home celebrates the new pastor with a Fun, Family and Friends Day Community Picnic on the grounds.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, installation ceremonies will be held during two services beginning at 10 a.m. with a unity service. The Rev. James Johnson, senior pastor of Christian Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas will serve as the guest speaker. At 4:00 p.m., Johnson will be officially installed as pastor by the Rev. Billie Mathews, senior pastor of West Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.
Johnson grew up in Dallas, Texas and attended Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in Houston, earning a B.A. degree in radio and television communications. He became associate minister of West Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church in Dallas and earned a Theology master’s degree in pastoral leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary.
In 2010, Johnson moved to Miami to become associate pastor of Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. After serving in that role for two years, he 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.
Asked what are his “mainstays” in life, Johnson responded, “It is the love of God, love of family and love for this church that strengthens and sustains me.”