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Vocational Evangelism  Pastoral Evangelism

Eighteen year old Johnnie Lavender began preaching shortly after his call to the ministry in 1941 as a freshman at Wheaton College. His evangelistic gifts emerged in crusades conducted while completing his education at San Francisco State and Berkeley Baptist Divinity School. In 1947 Johnnie's call to vocational evangelism was confirmed by his denomination when he was appointed State Evangelist for the American Baptist Churches of Northern California.

In 1951 the Baptist World Alliance sponsored him and his wife, Lucille, a remarkably gifted lyric soprano acclaimed as America's First Lady of Sacred Song, in a mission of refreshing to the Baptist churches of Europe. The Lavender's toured ten countries, and Johnnie preached 147 times in 120 days.

The quality and integrity of his ministry as a vocational evangelist was further recognized when, upon returning from Europe, Johnnie Lavender was appointed National Evangelist for the American Baptist Convention, a position especially created for him. In this role, he and Lucille conducted scores of local, city and statewide crusades involving hundreds of American Baptist churches from coast to coast.

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