Rev. Bessie Furr
Rev. Dr. Frank William Johnson, Jr.,
As a licensed and ordained Baptist minister, Pastor Frank William Johnson, Jr. acknowledged his call to the ministry and preached his initial sermon on June 5, 1994. He was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel on April 23, 1995, and served as Senior Associate Minister at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Roswell under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. Frank Lewis until he was called to serve as interim pastor at Zion Hill in November 2004. In February 2005, Rev. Dr. Johnson was called to be the full-time pastor of Zion Hill. He was officially selected as the 19th Pastor of Zion Hill in February 2005, and was installed on June 12, 2005.
Pastor Johnson has been a shining example of what God said in Jeremiah 3:15 –“… and I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Pastor Johnson preaches and teaches the Word of God. His vision to move Zion Hill into a loving and dynamic Christian ministry has motivated members to sacrifice and give their time and resources to support the vision God has given to him. As a result of his pastoral guidance, the church continues to experience renewed spiritual growth and excitement in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Johnson’s love for the members of Zion Hill and the people of Acworth is evident to all. He can regularly be found visiting the seniors and sick & shut-in at home, in the hospital or nursing home. He supports our youth by attending academic and extra-curricular activities to cheer and encourage them. He also visits the jails and is actively involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry. He is a graduate of the Acworth Citizens Police Academy and a friend to Mayor Allegood and the Acworth government officials.
To further the work of the Gospel, Pastor Johnson has ordained two ministers, three deacons, and licensed a new minister in 2015. Following his vision and guidance, several ministries have been added to the church including Children’s Church, Youth Sunday, Women’s & Men’s Bible Study, Mission’s Ministry, Care and Concern Ministry and Hospitality Ministry. The Music Ministry has also expanded to include the Women of Faith choir.
Under Pastor Johnson’s leadership, not only has the church grown spiritually, but has also been positioned for physical growth. Many needed renovations and upgrades have been made to the existing edifice and grounds to provide a glorious worship atmosphere and experience for the Zion Hill church family and our guests. Several years ago, Zion Hill purchased five pieces of property adjacent to the current church property on Taylor Street. This will allow us to make additional improvements and expansions in the near future that will meet the spiritual needs of our growing community and membership
Pastor Johnson’s commitment to the service of our Lord is also recognized outside of the church and Acworth community. On April 9, 2015 Pastor Johnson was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers, Sponsors & Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College where he was charged to use his time, talent, tender and technology to help usher in an age of peace and nonviolence for the children of the world. He also serves as Spiritual Director on the Secretariat, the governing board of the Atlanta Christian Cursillo Movement.
Reverend Bessie Furr is a native of Emerson, Georgia; however she currently resides in Cartersville, Georgia with her husband, Deacon James Furr. She is a mother and a grandmother. She was educated in the Bartow County School system and joined Damascus Baptist Church at a young age. Reverend Furr came to know Christ Jesus in early adulthood and attributes a vast amount of biblical teaching from Pastor Pete Smith at The House of Liberty Church, where her relationship grew deeper with God.
Reverend Furr later joined the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Although receiving her call to the gospel ministry several years prior, it was not until “2000” that she accepted this call and was licensed by Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church under Pastor Robert E. Brown. She is proud to serve on the Ministerial Staff of Zion Hill and was ordained under the guidance and leadership of the Rev. Dr. Frank W. Johnson, Jr. on October 2nd, 2008.
Reverend Furr wants all persons to become a part of the church for the purpose of building relationships and growing closer to the Lord on a daily basis. She is deeply passionate about living a life of Praise & Worship, accompanied with having a strong prayer life. Just like the song says; Praise Is What I Do, she continues to exemplify this attitude in her continual work for the Lord.
In addition to her ministerial duties which include Preaching and Teaching, Reverend Furr’s activities include; Head of the Zion Hill Praise Team, Co-facilitator of the Women’s Bible Study, Member of the Mass Choir, Member of an Intercessory Team, Pastor’s Aide Ministry, and The Nursing Home Ministry.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love GOD, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
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