Elsom Johnson

Elsom JohnsonHaving grown up in First Baptist Charlottesville where I attended Sunday school, training union and worship services, I was baptized around 11 years of age by Dr. Henry Alford Porter.  As a young man, I served in the U.S. Navy during WW II.  My grandmother McCauley encouraged me to read my Bible and attend chapel services while on duty.  Returning home after the war, I served as a teacher in the Junior Sunday school department.

Dr. Allen W. Graves suggested we start a junior board of deacons where I served many years before being elected to the senior board. While serving on the Mission Committee we decided a mission church was needed in the Jefferson Park area of Charlottesville.  I became part of the group that founded Jefferson Park Baptist, serving as Chairman of the Building Committee, Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon and R.A. leader.  After forty-eight years as a deacon at Jefferson Park, I was honored to be selected as a Deacon Emeritus.

After moving my church membership to University Baptist, I was chosen to serve as deacon. Since being at UBC, I have been active in Sunday school, mission projects, worship and the Wednesday morning “work team”.   I am currently serving on the Circle of Caring Hospital Visitation team.  In my spare time, I make many visits to residents of the Healthcare Center at the Colonnades.