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Annual Pastor's Appreciation Day at Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal (C.M.E.) Church goes Hawaiian this year to honor the Rev. John Deron Johnson, pastor, and his family. The fun, food and fellowship luau will begin immediately following 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, August 16, in Curry Fellowship Hall, 971 E. 43rd Street, in Los Angeles.
The celebration will begin during the worship services with the theme "Honoring Our Pastor and First Family As They Lead During Challenging Times, 1 Timothy 2:7. Pastor Johnson, his wife, Kimberley, and son, Ryan, will be recognized for seven years of dynamic leadership, purposeful ministries, and commitment to Christian outreach.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Photo opportunities will be available as Pastor Johnson and his family receives gifts from the congregation and resolutions from state and local officials. The public is invited to attend.
Reflecting one of Phillips Temple's guiding themes, "Enter to Worship Depart, to serve," Pastor Johnson notes, "Our mission is to bring people to Jesus Christ by helping them discover God's purpose for their lives." Furthermore, he says, "We envision our faith community as empowering and equipping people to live healthy, whole lives."
Under his watchful care at Phillips Temple, a feeding ministry distributes food to 300 families each week, English as a Second Language Program is offered, Sober Living Counseling takes place. Recently Pastor Johnson helped facilitate a truce between two rival gangs in the local Vernon-Central Avenue community.
He is president of the Central Alameda Neighborhood Council and organization and led his congregation in partnership with Saddleback Church and thousands of other churches around the world in the Purpose Driven Life Campaign 2005.
Reverend Johnson has led spiritual revivals and workshops across the country and has received the Outstanding Young Men of America Award. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., loves music and is a strong advocate for reclaiming the African-American male for the church, family and community.
A native of Mobile, Alabama, Rev. Johnson has been in the ministry since April 24, 1986. In August 2002, he became the pastor of Phillips Temple in Los Angeles.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and his Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.
Youth/Young Adult and Men and Women's Bible Study classes are offered weekly. "Praise Hour," at 11:30 a.m. and "Food for The Soul" Bible Study, 7 p.m., is taught each Wednesday. The Dial-A-Prayer line is (323) 235-6461.
For more information about the Pastor's Appreciation Luau or the ministries offered, contact the church office at 323 233 4783, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit the website: www.phillipstemplecme.com