The Camden-Kershaw County Branch of the NAACP will hold its 33rd annual Freedom Fund banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Bethlehem Family Life Center, 24 Ward Road in Lugoff.
The special guest speaker will be the Rev. Shawn Johnson, a Silver Life member of the NAACP. Johnson, the youngest child of Nathaniel and the late Linda Williams of Gresham, S.C., has two older siblings, Yolanda and TreMayne Johnson.
When he was 18 years old and a freshmen at Costal Carolina University (CCU), Johnson accepted the call into the ministry under the leadership of the Rev. David Fore Sr. at White Hill Missionary Baptist Church.
At the age of 20, while pursuing an undergraduate degree in elementary education and coaching the girl’s varsity basketball team at Britton’s Neck High School, Johnson began his service at Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in 1999. He was ordained at White Hill that April. Dr. A.C. Robinson, his mentor and pastor at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Marion, delivered the message at Johnson’s installation service in May 1999. He began to pastor at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church of Darlington in November 2009.
Johnson graduated from CCU in May 2000 with a bachelor’s of arts degree in elementary education. In May 2003, he graduated from Columbia College with a master’s degree in divergent learning. IN May 2007, Johnson received another master’s degree, this time from Winthrop University in educational leadership and supervision. He is currently enrolled in Payne Theological Seminary pursuing a master’s of divinity while also serving as the principal at Plantersville Elementary School in Georgetown.
According to banquet organizers, Johnson has focused his leadership vision on praise, worship, evangelism and reclamation.
For tickets to the banquet, call Sammie Tucker Jr. and (803) 513-6474.