Rev. Tom Johnson and Rhonda, TJ and Angela Johnson, Etienne and Abigail Doucet, Aaron Johnson, Mireille Johnson, Michelle Johnson, LaNelle and Drew McGaffigan with Ella.

Pastor Tom Johnson

Senior Pastor Tom and Rhonda came to First Baptist Church in August 2005.  They have seven children and two grandbabies. He has a heart for evangelism and teaching. He also has a heart for this church and the people that he ministers to every week and wants to see that everyone has the opportunity to hear the message of Christ. We believe as a church that Christ has the power to change lives.
 
Pastor Tom wants to make sure that we follow the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 which states “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
 

 

Meet Tom Johnson

Married: to Rhonda L. Lutz
Children: LaNelle Ruth married to Drew McGaffigan, Ella McGaffigan, Evie McGaffigan
T.J., Thomas Adams Jr. married to Angela Kent Johnson
Zachary Robert
Aaron Elias
Abigail Rene married to Etienne Doucet
Michelle Grace
Mireille Allison
Ordained to the Gospel Ministry by Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN, 1989.
Licensed to the Gospel Ministry by Prince Avenue Baptist, Athens, GA 1987.
Hobbies: Spending time with his family and their activities.

Education

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), University of Georgia, Athens, GA. T.C. Roberson High School, Asheville, NC.
 

Ministry Experience

Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Auburndale, Florida, 2005-present. Hospice Chaplain, Auburndale, Florida, 2018-present.
 
Interim Senior Pastor, Dry Creek Baptist Church, Magee, Mississippi, 2004-2005.
 
Minister of Evangelism and Interim Minister of Education, Colonial Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi, 1999-2003. Avg. S.S. attendance of 1600, Began and supervised a Prayer Ministry of 4 prayer walls with 150 participants, Supervised FAITH Evangelism Ministry which grew from 35 teams to a maximum of 107 teams (Fall – 2000, 3 members on each team) totaling 321 (out of an average Sunday School attendance 8th grade – Senior Adults of 860) in weekly visitation, Supervised First Impressions Ministry, and other Ministries.

Supervisory Chaplain, Federal Correctional Institution, Yazoo City, Mississippi,1996-1999. Activated and supervised a religious services department, which served 1,600 inmates with 3 chaplains as well as pastored the protestant church of 300 inmates.

Chaplain, Federal Correctional Institution, White Deer, Pennsylvania, 1995-1996.
 
Senior Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, Water Valley, Mississippi, 1989-1994. Bi-vocational Pastor, Salem Baptist Church, Henning, Tennessee, 1989.
 
Other Service President, Florida Chapter Mid-America Alumni 2008 – 2010 President, MS Chapter Mid-America Alumni 1992-1993 Regional Facilitator, Evangelism Response Center, NAMB (Non-paid), 2002-2005. Led Evangelism Conference of the MS Baptist State Associations Leadership Training, May 2003.