Only God can make a preacher: The life story of Rev. F.D. Johnson

Rev. F.D. Johnson, credit: Carol C. Bradley
Rev. F. D. Johnson, credit Carol C. Bradley

SOUTH BEND — Rev. Fred D. Johnson, a pastor for 35 years and a two-time recipient of keys to the city of South Bend, died Monday. He was 86. He had retired in 1992 as pastor of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church on Olive St.

He grew up poor in Tennessee, where he had to help pick cotton because his father was ill. Because his education lagged, he did not learn to read until he was in his



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