Died: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 24, 2020
Location: Sunrise Miss. Baptist Church

Interment following funeral service

Sat., Jan. 25, 2020


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Grace Missionary Baptist Church

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Location: Grace Missionary Baptist Church

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The Life and Legacy of

Pastor James C. Johnson

Pastor James C. Johnson was born to Deacon Alphoso Johnson and Sister Cornelia Porter-Johnson on December 12, 1948, in Canton Mississippi.  He was the fourth child of eight children.


Having moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, he was reared in a Christian Home and accepted Christ “as a lad of a boy” at South Calvary Baptist Church, where he was baptized under the leadership of  Pastor L.  A. Manuel, Sr.


Pastor James C. Johnson was united in Holy Matrimony to Mary  Deloris Jones on   August 5, 1979.  He gained three daughters and one son and also became Father  to four additional children.


Pastor James C. Johnson received his education in Indianapolis Public School System, graduating from Harry E. Wood High School, in 1967.  He was quite an athlete, and earned a scholarship to attend Kentucky State University, graduating in 1973 with a Bachelor Degree in  Sociology.  He studied at the University of Southern California and University of Indianapolis, where he  completed The Advanced Management Studies Program.  James later attended Martin University where he earned his Master Degree in Urban  Ministry and Pastoral Counseling, in 1997.


Pastor James C. Johnson earned several certifications and licensures:  Certified Alcohol Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor II, Relapse Prevention Specialist I, National Certified Addictions Counseling II, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Social Worker, and Licensed Marriage and Family Counseling.


Pastor James C. Johnson started his professional career while residing in Los  Angeles, California.  He worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor at Castle Substance Abuse Center.  Upon his return to Indianapolis, Indiana He worked at Camp Atterbury as a Substance Abuse Counselor for Job Corps.


In 1979, James joined the staff of Fairbanks Hospital as a Subsistence Abuse Counselor.  James worked at Fairbanks Hospital for 29 years advancing to Director of Rehab Services and Supervisor of Adult Rehabilitation.  He also worked at Broad Ripple Counseling, Drug Court Program/Intensive Out-Patient Program and with The Indianapolis Colts and  National Football League as a Consultant.  James established his own practices  Fox Hill Counseling, where he counseled people from all walks of life.    


Pastor James C. Johnson joined Grace Missionary Baptist Church under the late Pastor Moses Day, Jr.  He began to flourish in his service to the Lord and  was ordained as a Deacon in 1988. He held the position as   Chairman of The Deacon Board and Financial Secretary.  James remained faithful to his position until he accepted his calling into the ministry and licensed to preach in October of 1990. He was later ordained in 2000.


Pastor James C. Johnson accepted his calling to Sunrise Missionary Baptist Church as Senior Pastor in May 2002.  He maintained his membership at Grace Missionary Baptist Church  under the leadership of Pastor Ken Day.  James was a member of The Baptist Ministers Alliance of Indianapolis and Vicinity. He held the position of Assistant Critic.  He was also a member of the Union District Missionary Baptist Association, Inc.

Pastor James C. Johnson channeled his expertise and energies to implement  Substance Abuse Program, Homeless Feeding Ministry, Male Chorus, Youth Ministry, Dance Ministry,  Brothers of Sunrise (BOS), Sister of Sunrise (SOS) and Transportation Ministry.


Pastor James C. Johnson also guided Sunrise to building a new edifice which was one of his greatest accomplishments. Under his leadership the original Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, Basement and Bathrooms were remodeled,  landscaped  the outside grounds, parking lot was paved, and acquired additional lots.  Under Pastor Johnson’s leadership Sunrise has continued to be a thriving church and has remained a beacon of light and hope in the community.  Four    ministers accepted their calling under Pastor Johnson’s leadership: Rev. Kevin Brown, Rev. Charles Richmond, Jr., Rev. Mary D. Johnson and Rev. James Wheeler.  Several deacons were    ordained under Pastor Johnson’s leadership: Deacon Leroy Moore, Deacon Stewart Morrison, Deacon Will Jackson and  Deacon Ronald Johnson.


Pastor James C. Johnson was very well dressed man; dapper if you will.  James loved shopping, and the finest cuisines which included down home cooking from his favorite girl, his   beloved “Mary”.  He was a traveler and loved to have fun with his family and friends.  James was  a go getter from an early age as far back as a little boy; he had a great work ethic.  James was a great negotiator and could reach all types of people just by engaging  in conversation with them.  James never met a stranger he could not talk to.  He was very easy going and impacted many lives.


Pastor James C. Johnson Loved Sunrise Baptist Church;

He always told any and everybody about Sunrise.


Pastor James Calvin Johnson departed this earthly life on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at the age of seventy-one years, one month and four days.  He was preceded in death by his    grandparents, mother and father and a beloved niece, Andrea Johnson.


He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and dearly devoted wife of 40 years, Mary D. Johnson; daughters, Lela Springfield, Shirley Jones and Major Natasha Standard; one son, Samuel Standard; additional children he fathered and raised, Rev. Michelle Harrison (Vincent), Steven  Richmond (Irene), Charlton and Minister Candice Jones; twelve grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Lionel Porter, Ronald (Loesker), Dean (Kathy), and Damon (Corinne) Johnson; three sisters, Jean Cosby, Elizabeth Price and Madalyn Johnson; godson Ronald Sweatt, and four god-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, William (LaTonya), Elijah (Lisa), and Jesse Jones; three sisters-in-law, Missouri (Howard) Farral, Lula (John) Robertson, and Brenda Pullings. Oh, I have to pencil him in Deacon Stewart Morrison Pastor’s other son and HIS ENTIRE SUNRISE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH FLOCK, and a host of  nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends from all walks of life.


 Humbly Submitted ………………….The Family


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Clyde Harris
   Posted Sun January 19, 2020
Mary and the family you have my prayers and thank you Big JJ for everything man.

Council Rudolph & Family
   Posted Fri January 24, 2020
We send our prayers to your family. God will comfort you.

Portia Morgan
   Posted Sat January 25, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of my KSU classmate. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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