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Guide to the Kenneth M. Johnson Sermons, 1951-2010

Collection Overview

Collection consists of typescripts of Rev. Kenneth Johnson's sermons, many containing handwritten notes and accompanying material on which the sermon topic was based. Sermons are numbered and are arranged by date, according to the church Johnson was serving at the time. The 2002 accession also contains card indices of sermons (ca. 3600 items), which arranges sermons by title, topic, and scriptures and texts. Johnson's sermons were delivered at United Methodist churches across North Carolina, including McKendree Chapel, New Mt. Vernon-Shady Grove, West Bend, Oak Summit, Asbury Memorial, Green Street, Saint Andrew's (Charlotte), Central (Mooresville), Leaksville (Eden), First (Newton), Burkhead (Winston-Salem), Aldersgate Methodist (Shelby), and Grace Methodist (Greensboro). Johnson also preached several sermons in Indonesia (1995, 1998).

Accompanying the sermons are Johnson's personal record books and bulletins from his appointed churches. The church bulletins are bound by date and church; the record books, designed for a pastor's personal use, record his annual sermons preached as well as his congregation's marriages, births, funerals, and other notes from his work as pastor at various churches. Also contains Johnson's lecture notes and reading lists from summer school and divinity courses at Duke University.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00638
Title
Kenneth M. Johnson Sermons
Date
1951-2010
Creator
Johnson, Kenneth M., 1928-
Extent
11 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

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[Identification of item], Kenneth M. Johnson Sermons, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Nos. 1-28 Statesville District: McKendree Charge (McKendree Chapel, Williamson's Chapel, Rocky Mount), 1951-1952
Box 1
Nos. 29-115 Thomasville District: New Mt. Vernon-Shady Grove Charge, 1952-1955
Box 1
Nos. 116-118 Asheboro, NC: West Bend Methodist, 1955-1960
Box 1
Nos. 119-238 Asheboro, NC: West Bend Methodist (cont.), 1955-1960
Box 2
Nos. 239-333 Asheboro, NC: West Bend Methodist (cont.), 1955-1960
Box 3
Nos. 334-350 Asheboro, NC: West Bend Methodist (cont.), 1955-1960
Box 4
Nos. 351-424 Winston-Salem, NC: Oak Summit Methodist, 1960-1964
Box 4
Nos. 425-466 Winston-Salem, NC: Oak Summit Methodist (cont.), 1960-1964
Box 5
Nos. 467-519 Asheville, NC: Asbury Memorial Methodist, 1964-1967
Box 5
Nos. 520-541 Asheville, NC: Asbury Memorial Methodist (cont.), 1964-1967
Box 6
Nos. 542-614 Winston-Salem, NC: Green Street Methodist, 1967-1971
Box 6
Nos. 615-647 Winston-Salem, NC: Green Street Methodist (cont.), 1967-1971
Box 7
Nos. 648-687 Charlotte, NC: Saint Andrew's United Methodist, 1971-1974
Box 8
Nos. 688-732 Mooresville, NC: Central United Methodist, 1974-1977
Box 8
Nos. 733-762 Mooresville, NC: Central United Methodist (cont.) 1974-1977
Box 9
Nos. 763-833 Eden, NC: Leaksville United Methodist, 1977-1981
Box 9
Nos. 834-886 Eden, NC: Leaksville United Methodist (cont.), 1977-1981
Box 10
Nos. 887-926 Newton, NC: First United Methodist, 1981-1984
Box 10
Nos. 927-992 Newton, NC: First United Methodist (cont.), 1981-1984
Box 11
Nos. 993-1032 Winston-Salem, NC: Burkhead United Methodist, 1984-1988
Box 11
Nos. 1033-1049 Winston-Salem, NC: Burkhead United Methodist, 1984-1988
Box 12
Nos. 1050-1150 Winston-Salem, NC: Burkhead Methodist, 1985-1988
Box 13
Nos. 1151-1164 Shelby, NC: Aldersgate Methodist, 1988
Box 13
Nos. 1165-1238 Shelby, NC: Aldersgate Methodist, 1988-1990
Box 14
Nos. 1239-1274 Greensboro, NC: Grace Methodist, 1990-1991
Box 14
Nos. 1275-1380 Greensboro, NC: Grace Methodist, 1991-1993
Box 15
Nos. 1381-1418 Greensboro, NC: Grace Methodist, 1993-1994
Box 16
Nos. 1419-1434 Medan, N. Sumatra, Indonesia, 1995 January-April
Box 16
No. 1435 Rocky Mount, NC: Rocky Mount UMC, 1995 August 20
Box 16
No. 1436 Newton, NC: First Baptist Church, 1996 May 26
Box 16
No. 1437 Winston-Salem, NC: Green Street UMC, 1996 May 19
Box 16
No. 1438 Charlotte, NC: Pleasant Grove UMC, 1996 September 8
Box 16
No. 1439 Winston-Salem, NC: Oak Summit UMC, 1997 May 18
Box 16
No. 1440 Enka, NC: Francis Asbury UMC, 1997 June 29
Box 16
No. 1441 Haverhill, NH: First Congregational, 1997 August 10 1997
Box 16
No. 1442 Asheville, NC: Asbury Memorial, 1997 October 12
Box 16
Nos. 1443-1449 Jakarta, Indonesia, 1998 April-May
Box 16
Nos. 1450-1452 Indonesia: Prepared but not preached, 1998 May
Box 16
No. 1453 Haverhill, NH: First Congregational, 1999 August 1
Box 16
No. 1454 Bel Air, MD: Bel Air UMC, 1999 October 17
Box 16
No. 1455 Horse Shoe, NC: Cummings Memorial UMC, 2000 August 1
Box 16
No. 1456 Charlotte, NC: Pleasant Grove, 2001 September 9
Box 16
No. 1457 Holly Springs, GA: Holly Springs UMC, 2001 September 16
Box 16
No. 1458 Asheboro, NC: West Bend UMC, 2002 May 19
Box 16
By title, A-W
Box 20
By title, X-Z
Box 17
By topic, A-G (Good works)
Box 17
By topic, G (Goodbye)-P (Prostitution)
Box 18
By topic, P (Protection)-Z
Box 19
By scriptures and texts, Genesis-John
Box 19
By scriptures and texts, Genesis-John, continued; Acts-Revelation
Box 21

4. Accession 2017-0156

Series contains sermons 1459-1473, ranging from 2002-2010.

Series also contains one unnumbered sermon from 1983.

(Unnumbered sermon): High Point, NC Wesley Memorial UMC, 1983

"To See the Lord, High and Lifted Up"

Box 22
No. 1459 Holly Springs, GA: Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 2002

Sermon: "Called to be Saints"

Includes program from Holly Springs United Methodist Church.

Box 22
No. 1460 Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia: Wesley Methodist Church, 2003

Sermon titled: "Good News for our Troubled World"

Includes program for services at Wesley Memorial church, photocopies of newspaper articles on Jessica Lynch, the Iraqi city of Basra, printouts of emails, and a printed anti-war statement.

Box 22
No. 1461 Jakarta, Indonesia: Wesley Methodist Church, 2003 August 10

Sermon entitled "Saved People Act Like it" along with church program.

Box 22
No. 1462 Holly Springs, Georgia: Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 2004 January 25

Contains sermon entitled "Clear me from Hidden Faults", church newsletter, and program from services with annotations.

Box 22
No. 1463 Holly Springs, Georgia: Holly Springs United Methodist Church, 2004 April 18

Contains sermond entitled "Rainbow Living", correspondence, and church programs.

Box 22
No. 1464 Rosman and Brevard, North Carolina: Rosman and Selica United Methodist Churches, 2004 October 24

Contains sermon entitled "Be All That You Can Be" which was preached at two churches, the Selica and Rosman United Methodist churches. Folder also contains programs from these churches

Box 22
No. 1465 Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia: Wesley Methodist Church, 2005 October 23

Includes sermon entitled "When We Are Put To The Test", program for church, correspondence, and trip itinerary for visit to Medan.

Box 22
No. 1466 Jakarta, Indonesia: Wesley Methodist Church, 2005 October 30

Includes sermon entitled "How To Be Your Best Self", church program, and photocopies of excerpts of the Book of Matthew.

Box 22
No. 1467 Rosman and Brevard, North Carolina: Rosman and Selica United Methodist Church, 2005 November 13

Includes sermon entitled "Rosman/Selica: Churches of Encouragement" and program from Selica United Methodist Church.

Box 22
No. 1468 Rosman, North Carolina: Rosman United Methodist Church, 2006 April 23

Includes sermon entitled "A Walk That Changed The World" and church program.

Box 22
No. 1469 Salisbury, North Carolina: First United Methodist Church, 2007 May 6

Includes sermon entitled "How To Spot A Christian", church programs, correspondence, and printouts of Bible verses.

Box 22
No. 1470 Baltimore, Maryland: Mt. Vernon and Hampden United Methodist Churches, 2007 October 21

Includes two versions of sermon entitled "Becoming a Competent Christian." The first was preached in Baltimore, Maryland. A second version of the sermon, preached in the Wesley Methodist Church in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 3, 2008. Also contains programs from the Baltimore churches, a copy of "The Hampden Herald", and email correspondence.

Box 22
No. 1471 Jakarta, Indonesia: Grace Methodist Church, 2008 February 10

Includes sermon entitled "Forgiveness Brings Us Joy" and church progam.

Box 22
No. 1472 Selica, North Carolina: Selica United Methodist Church, 2008 November 30

Includes sermon entitled "Grace and Truth - For Such A Time As This" and church program.

Box 22
No. 1473 Rocky Mount, North Carolina: Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 2009 August 16

Includes three versions of sermon entitled "For What Do We Pray?"

The first was preached at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church on August 16, 2009. The second was preached at the Selica United Methodist Church on September 27, 2009. The third was preached at the Hampden United Methodist Church on October 31, 2010.

Item also contains programs from above churches.

Box 22

Church bulletins, 1951-1992

Bound volumes of bulletins from different North Carolina churches, collected while Johnson served as pastor.

West Bend Methodist Church, Asheboro, 1955-1958
Box 23
West Bend Methodist Church, Asheboro, 1958-1960
Box 25
Oak Summit Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, 1960-1962
Box 25
Oak Summit Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, 1962-1964
Box 25
Asbury Memorial Methodist Church, Asheville, 1964-1967
Box 23
Green Street United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, 1967-1969
Box 25
Green Street United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, 1969-1971
Box 24
St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Charlotte, 1971-1974
Box 25
Central United Methodist Church, Mooresville, 1974-1975
Box 23
Central United Methodist Church, Mooresville, 1976-1977
Box 25
Leaksville United Methodist Church, Eden, 1977-1979
Box 23
Leaksville United Methodist Church, Eden, 1979-1981
Box 23
First United Methodist Church, Newton, 1981-1984
Box 23
Burkhead United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, 1984-1986
Box 25
Burkhead United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem, 1986-1988
Box 23
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Shelby, 1988-1990
Box 25
Grace United Methodist Church, Greensboro, 1990-1992
Box 25
Grace United Methodist Church, Greensboro, 1992-1994
Box 23
Lecture notes, 1952-1953, 1958

Bound volumes kept by Johnson with tabs for each course's lecture notes and readings. Includes topics like theology, pastoral care (including medical perspectives and lectures on mental health and counseling), church history, speech, and preaching practice sessions.

Box 26
Duke University summer school notes, 1951

2 binders with notes for child psychology, learning/educational psychology, history of education

Box 24
Pocket record books, 1951-1993

42 pocket record books for pastoral duties including lists of baptisms, marriages, funerals, and Johnson's sermons delivered (with text numbers)

Box 24
 

Historical Note

Retired United Methodist minister from Durham, N.C.


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Provenance

The Kenneth M. Johnson Sermons were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001-2002; additions in 2017, 2018.

Processing Information

Processed by Danielle McGregor; Alice Poffinberger

Completed November 2, 2001

Additions processed by Jessica Lancia; Danielle McGregor; Joshua Kaiser

Encoded by Alice Poffinberger; Ruth E. Bryan

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2001-0179, 2002-0038, 2002-0140, 2017-0156, 2018-0036, 2018-0061