Eddie Johnson: Pastor-Teacher
Eddie Johnson is an original “Oil-Patch” kid, born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. He is the second son of Ed and Kathleen Johnson who taught him to be active in church and in associational work. His parents were both known as friends to preachers and churches throughout West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Eddie was raised in the First Missionary Baptist Church of Hobbs where during Vacation Bible School he professed faith in Christ Jesus at the age of seven and was baptized that next Sunday along with thirteen others who had professed faith during that week.
After graduating from Hobbs High School in 1980, and after a year of general and computer programming studies at the New Mexico Junior College at Hobbs, Eddie moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to attend the Missionary Baptist Seminary and Institute to pursue studies in Church Music He received the Associates Degree in Church Music Education in May of 1983. During this time Eddie was called as Music Director to the Sharon Missionary Baptist Church of Benton, Arkansas, where after one year, the responsibility of Youth Director was added to his duties. In 1985 he was called to return to Hobbs to be the Music and Youth Director at his home church of First Missionary Baptist Church where he served for nearly two years.
It was during this time in Hobbs that Eddie perceived the call of the Lord to preach and announced that call in December of 1986. In the summer of 1987 He moved back to Little Rock to re-enroll in the Missionary Baptist Seminary to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Bible Languages which he received in May of 1991.
Eddie was called to serve as pastor for the first time by the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Bradford, Arkansas where he served from 1989 to 1992. He then served as pastor at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Arkoma, Oklahoma from 1993-1995.
In June of 1995 Eddie accepted the call to serve as pastor of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, where he continues to serve with a passion for the preaching of Scripture to this congregation.
Eddie and his wife Kelly met while attending the Seminary together. They were married on May 14, 1983 and have two children, A.J. and Kara.