Thomas Ogden Johnson
January 13, 1933 – January 15, 2018
Thomas Ogden Johnson, 85, went to be with Jesus on Jan. 15, 2018 at 7:25 a.m. surrounded by his family. He was born Jan. 13, 1933 to Clarence S. Johnson Sr. and Winifred (Searle) Johnson in East Orange, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Evangeline (Robles) Johnson; and his children, Eric T. Johnson and Maria (Aleman) Johnson, Bruce A. Johnson and Rhonda (Johnson) Johnson, and Nathan D. Johnson and Melody (McSorley) Johnson. He has 13 grandchildren. He and his wife Evangeline retired in Sebring and recently moved to Deltona, Florida, to be near one of his children.
Tom graduated from Rutgers University, (New Jersey), Columbia Bible School (now Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina); Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California); McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago, Illinois). Prior to serving Jesus as a minister of the gospel, he served in the United States Army after the Korean War and received an honorable discharge. He served as a Presbyterian minister in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan. He taught English in ESOL classes and worked with the Metro-Dade Police Department from 1983-1996 in Miami, Florida.
Enjoying all of God’s gifts was Tom’s life. His passion varied for he liked the outdoors, traveling, walking – enjoying all of creation. He was always learning and reading and a favorite author was A.W. Tozer. He read the Bible from cover to cover throughout the years. Reading and teaching the Scriptures were his delight. He memorized it as he read it daily and highlights are in every Bible he used. His reading was vast that he had a room dedicated to books. It included history, biographies, science, the universe, politics, quantum physics, classical music, exploring God’s creation and purposes. This included delving into the Old and New Testaments using Hebrew and Greek as study guides. Although he might have been called a “book worm” he enjoyed being with people and had a good sense of humor. When he spoke, one could sense he knew what he was talking about.
Tom’s varied interests were instrumental in teaching English, preaching and teaching the Scriptures at home studies where everyone shared freely. He participated in ministry locally, S.A., in South Africa, China with others who also lived “To know Christ and to make Him known” He personally supported a ministry in the Philippines. In Sebring, Florida he looked forward to helping at Little Lambs Ministry serving prisoners with free correspondence Bible study courses. He lived revealing what God created him to be in whatever situation he was in. Tom’s life exhibited being conformed to the image of Christ and not being conformed to this world. His life revealed that “Only one life ‘twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.” — C.T. Studd
He will be missed but never forgotten.