By MARK MAYNARD, Kentucky today
FRANKLIN, Ky. (KT) – A longtime Baptist cult leader was remembered for his influence as a pastor, friend and mentor after his death on Tuesday.
Reverend David Johnson, 61, who was music minister at First Baptist Church in Franklin, Ky., Has died at TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville from a brief illness.
Mr Johnson has dedicated 36 years to the music ministry, serving in churches in Georgia, Louisiana and Kentucky after accepting the call at the age of 25.
He was extremely well educated and talented as a singer and also expressed his musical passions through guitar, mountain dulcimer, harmonica and recorder, according to the family.
“David Johnson is a music minister who has influenced thousands of lives by being a pastor, friend and mentor to them,” said Jason “Bubba” Stewart, Kentucky Baptist Convention worship music consultant. “David was successful in overcoming the challenge of changing styles of worship and in bringing congregations to be one in Christ. “
Mr. Johnson has led mission trips locally and internationally, including to Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso and Poland. His influence has been felt in those countries as well, said Stewart.
“David has taught and encouraged church musicians not only here in Kentucky, but in Cuba, Brazil and several other countries,” said Stewart. “David is the type of worship leader who loves his congregation and leads them to love and serve the Lord together. “
Stewart said his friend may not have realized how impacting his ministry is on so many people who have been fortunate enough to cross his path.
“I think the only thing that would surprise David is the countless number of lives he’s touched,” said Stewart. “David loved the Lord and molded him for all around him. “
Mr Johnson was also an avid outdoorsman, enjoying kayaking, fishing, hunting and hiking – he has already walked over 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. He also enjoyed his motorbike and his British sports car.
He is survived by his wife, Pam Brewer Johnson, three daughters, Sarah Johnson Howard (Aric) of Frankfort, Ky., Anna Marie Johnson Pavy (EJ) of Campbellsville, Ky., And Christen Johnson Napp (Mat) of Montgomery, To the .; five grandchildren, Aric “Ash” Howard II, Aurora Howard, Olivia Pavy, Nazareth Pavy, Spencer Pavy and two twins on the way; two sisters, Ruby Johnson Dunlap (James) and Tammy Johnson Griffin (Danny), as well as several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. CST at the First Baptist Church, Franklin, Ky., With interment in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton, Ga at a later date.
Visitations are held on Fridays at the church from 4:00 p.m. CST to 8:00 p.m. CST and Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. CST until service time at 11:00 a.m.