(New York, NY –October 23, 2015) Canaan Baptist Church of Christ is pleased to announce Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr., Senior Pastor has been elected the fourteenth President of the New York Progressive State Convention, Inc. (NYPBSC). The election was held during the NYPBSC’s 53rd Annual Session, October 10-13, 2015.
Dr. Johnson previously served as the Vice President at large. He will serve a four-year term as President beginning 2015.
“I am honored to serve this distinguished “civil rights” convention. I am committed to advocating the principles by which this convention was born; which includes being the voice for human and civil rights, equality and justice and fighting causes for the disenfranchised,” said Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson’s goals include building upon the great history of the New York Progressive Baptist State Convention, a denominational body with a fifty –three year commitment to promoting the gospel of Jesus; strengthening the role of the convention as a Christian educator for member congregations throughout New York State; building a strong social network utilizing technology to advance the mission of the convention among member churches and the community at large; increasing membership and participation among youth and young adults; strengthening the convention as an advocate for social justice and equality; and creating bridges for interdenominational alliances.
Dr. Johnson has been preaching and teaching the word of God for forty-two years. Before beginning God’s assignment to pastor Harlem’s eighty-three year old Canaan Baptist Church of Christ in 2006, Dr. Johnson served Bethel Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia as Senior Pastor for twenty years. This was preceded by a pastorate of five years at West End Baptist Church, Reidsville, North Carolina.
Dr. Johnson is a native of Springfield, Ohio. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio; a Master Degree in Adult Education from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina; a Master of Divinity Degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, North Carolina and the Doctor of Divinity Degree, conferred with distinction, from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.
NYPBSC, Inc. is committed to serving God and the needs of His People. It has been in operation for fifty- three years.
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ was founded in 1932 and celebrated its Eighty-Third Anniversary on May 18, 2015. It is located in the heart of Harlem at 132 West 116th Street. Sunday worship is 10:00 AM. Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr. is the fourth senior pastor; civil and social rights activist, Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker is pastor emeritus. The church sponsors sixty outreach ministries meeting such diverse needs as housing, senior services, health and wellness, HIV/AIDS education awareness and anti-drug abuse. Canaan was the first church Nelson Mandela visited in Harlem; the last place the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in the city before his assassination.
Dawn M. Hill
Public Affairs, Media and Public Relations Liaison
Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
132 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10026
ph (212) 866-0301, ext 127
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