Shepherd Teacher Manson B. Johnson
(October 14, 1948 – May 31, 2020)
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Shepherd-Teacher Manson B. Johnson II
Since 1977 the Holman Street Baptist Church has been under the dynamic leadership of the illustrious Manson B. Johnson. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee and reared in Starkville, Mississippi. His father a pastor and his mother a schoolteacher. He left Starkville after graduating from high school and went to Houston, Texas in pursuit of a college degree. Pastor Johnson earned a Bachelors degree in History and Government from Texas Southern University and a certified degree in mathematics from Prairie View A & M University.
After earning his degree, Pastor Johnson went into the field of education and began teaching at Cullen Middle School in the Houston Independent School District. There he served as head of the Mathematics department. He quickly earned the reputation of a no nonsense teacher who was committed to raising the performance of his students in math. Many of his students have come back to tell about the powerful influence he has had on their lives. Others are now faithful members of Holman Street Baptist Church.
During his college years, Pastor Johnson united with Holman Street Baptist Church, a thriving church in the inner City of Houston, located between Texas Southern University and the University of Houston. College students flocked to the church on Sunday mornings to hear powerful preaching and singing. He became an active member of the choir, mission, and Sunday School.
He accepted his calling to preach and was later named youth pastor. He worked diligently with the youth programs, developing and expanding that ministry to draw young people into Christian service. His passion for youth development is evident even today for the strong force of youth ministry has significantly impacted the church, the families and the community. Pastor Johnson’s leadership at Holman Street Baptist Church has caused the church to grow in membership and become a dynamic force in the Third Ward Community. His ministry has moved this area of the city into a prominent position politically and economically. Because of his commitment to the revitalization of the Third Ward Community, the face of the community has changed and it challenges the city officials to no longer dismiss this area as stagnant and unproductive.
On September 20, 1998, Holman Street Baptist Church moved into a new worship center under the leadership and direction of Shepherd Johnson. HSBC averages 1100 members per Sunday, with two (2) morning services: 7:15am & 10:30am and evening Lord Supper served at 5pm – 6pm on the First Sunday of each month. HSBC has numerous ministries and averages about 300 members in its Sunday School-Life Training Classes.
The evangelism and outreach ministry conduct revivals lead missions and door to door outreach. The Deacon Ministry serves the membership through divisions where they minister to the families in their divisions in every area of their need. Sunday morning services are filled with praise and worship, for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Choirs sing and members are active participants in worship. Pastor Johnson blends together three elements – praise, prayer and preaching each Sunday to lead the congregation into an electrifying experience, charged with excitement and energy. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord is certainly evident at Holman Street when you walk into the midst of the services.
Pastor Johnson’s preaching is par excellent. His ability to communicate the Bible and make relevant to everyday life is certainly a gift from God. He is a sought after speaker and conduct revivals throughout the country yearly. In Addition to being a dynamic preacher, Pastor Johnson possesses extraordinary gift of teaching. Pastor Johnson conducts various seminars from Financial Stewardship to Church Development.
Pastor Johnson has done phenomenal things in the many years of pastoral ministry. Both his religious ministry and his community involvement speak of a man who has devoted his life to his Lord and to the body of people he serves.