Charles H. Johnson, pastor of Missionary Grove Baptist Church in Cullman, and his wife, Connie, died Oct. 26 in a two-vehicle car crash in Cullman County.
Johnson had been the pastor of Missionary Grove since 2020. He was 71. Connie Johnson was 74.
Justin Olvey, director of missions for West Cullman Baptist Association, said the Johnsons left a “tremendous impact” in their community.
“Charles Johnson was a humble and gentle man that displayed the fruits of the spirit daily,” Olvey said. “He was a solid preacher and caring pastor. Several of our association pastors have shared their testimonies of how the Johnsons were an important part of their spiritual heritage.
“Charles was a soul winner who on his last Sunday baptized a man in his 50s who said to me that Charles never gave up on him. I am thankful for Charles and Connie,” Olvey told The Alabama Baptist.
Cody McCain, pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Cullman, wrote in a Facebook post: “I don’t know of anyone outside of my own family that had as much of a positive influence on me as Charles and Connie Johnson. He baptized me. I spent most of my teenage years in their basement, probably keeping them up all hours of the night. He was the first person I thought of to preach my deacon ordination, and I was proud to see him come and moderate my pastor ordination a few months later. Pray for … the family.”
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