Johnson Park SDA Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

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Founded on nostalgia and topped with gratitude, embellished with elegance and sealed with fine dining. Such was the setting that begun the 50th anniversary celebrations at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau on Sunday January 20, 2013 for the Johnson Park SDA church. In fine Hollywood style, arriving guests were first interviewed on the Red Carpet before being escorted to the exquisitely adorned banquet hall, abuzz with laughter and warm fellowship. MCs Takara Lewis and her father T. Milton Lewis skillfully guided the evening’s program. Elements of the evening included tributes, musical items by the soulful Khrisna Virgil and masterful trumpeter solo Lemuel Johnson, nostalgic flashbacks, photos of yesteryear and loads of humor.

Some 110 guests attended the event including many that were present at the establishment of the church; Sis. Betty Moses, the oldest member of the church, Elder Joseph & Clara Lewis Sr., and many third and forth generation descendants of these and other founding families – Cartwrights, Majors, and Stuarts, just to name a few. Other notables present were Elder Melvin Lewis, Treasurer SBC, Pastor Danhugh Gordon Communication, Director SBC and Pastor Eric D. Clarke who served as district pastor for many years. Popular Talk Show host Steve McKinney made the rounds meeting and greeting special guest. Church Pastor, Dr. Michael D Toote, doubled his reasons for celebration as he relished the serenade by the Birthday Coral conducted by Dr. Keith Major.

Honored for years of dedicated service through his music, Dr. Keith Major recognized the skill of music and discipline to attend church rehearsals and services to the earnest and loving insistence of his father, Stanley Major.

Event coordinators, Denise Johnson and Constance McKinney, encouraged the attendees to share the magic of the evening with other past members and friends of the Johnson Park SDA. This was just the beginning of things to come and we look forward to many more activities. This event launches the three month long celebrations for the historic event that begun with a crusade dubbed “Mac & Mac” conducted by Pastors Leslie McMillian and Silas McKinney back in April 1963. Ever since then, the church, “With The Personal Touch”, has sought to be a beacon of light to the Chippingham community.
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