Ministry Team

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Bro. Larry Johnson

Senior Minister
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Larry Johnson has held the position of Senior Minister of the Central Pointe Church of Christ since the congregation was established in 2003. Although he has been preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ since 1985, this is his first church in the pastoral role as Senior Minister.

He grew up in the Church of Christ and has, from a very early age, been actively involved in church work. He has served the church in many capacities, with emphasis on church education. His responsibilities have ranged from bible school teacher for all ages, to superintendent, to Educational Director. He has served in church leadership at three congregations in Illinois.

He’s worked for many years with the Midwest Youth Conference, serving as Secretary and Treasurer. He has also worked with the Midwest Lectureship, an eight-state conference, and has served as its Chairman since 1998. Minister Johnson has been a presenter at the annual National Teachers Workshop and has preached and conducted workshops on Church Education and Church Marketing throughout the Midwest and South.

Minister Johnson attended the public schools in Decatur, IL. His educational and theological accomplishments include an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Richland College; studies toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the University of Illinois at Springfield; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and a Master of Divinity degree in Christian Education from the Theological University of America.
In early 2003 Minister Johnson was asked to lead an effort to establish a congregation in the Bloomington-Normal community with a focus on saving souls and improving the quality of life for members of this community. Under his leadership, God has blessed the Central Pointe church to experience tremendous growth, both spiritually and numerically. The church has purchased a building to meet in while plans are being completed to build a permanent facility in which to worship and provide other activities. Long-range plans include building a youth center, a senior citizens facility, and a life management center in which to serve the community.
As the spiritual leader at Central Pointe, Minister Johnson is a committed family man. He has been married to his wife, Margarette since 1969. They have two adult children: Marcus Johnson of Urbana, IL and Sonia Johnson-Toson of Atlanta, GA. Larry Johnson’s ministerial motto is: “Commitment + Consistency = Success.”
Junior Minister

Bro. Desmond Anderson

Ministry Leader (Education, Praise & Worship)
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Bro. Desi Anderson was born and raised in the ChurchofChrist. He has been singing all his life and began preaching around the age of 20. He has a passion and a gift for singing and for touching the lives of young people through the Word.

Bro. Desi Anderson was born in Decatur,Illinois and was raised at the Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ in Springfield, Illinois, where his father, Bro. Howard Anderson is the minister and has served the congregation for over 37 years. Desi worked side by side with his father for several years at theLawrence Avenuecongregation as Youth Minister and Assistant Minister before relocating to theBloomington,Illinoisarea in November 2009 where he now serves at the Central Pointe Church of Christ as a Ministry Leader in the Education and Worship Ministries. He also works closely with Senior Minister, Bro. Larry Johnson in the pulpit ministry of the congregation.

Bro. Anderson has his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Millikin University in Decatur,Illinois. He has worked in the Human Resources field for the last 10 years and currently is the Senior Manager of Human Resources for HGS, a call center with over 1,200 employees located in Peoria,Illinois.

Marcus

Bro. Marcus Johnson

Ministry Leader (Youth, Buildings & Grounds, Audio/Visual)
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Marcus grew up in the Church of Christ, His Grandfather Booker Johnson was a Deacon at the Jasper St. Church of Christ in Decatur, Illinois. Marcus was baptized into Christ in Springfield, Illinois (Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ) at the age of 13. Marcus is the son of Central Pointe Senior Minister, Larry Johnson. He is married to Torianna and has 3 children: Mariah 20, Jaden 11 and Amari 7. Marcus placed membership at Central Pointe shortly after its inception.

Hollis

Bro. Hollis Spence

Ministry Leader (Benevolence, Transportation)
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While attending Western Michigan University, Hollis came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior during a on Campus Crusade for Christ week of bible studies conducted by members of the Church from Springfield, Missouri hosted by the East Main Church of Christ in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

After being added to the Church that week, the next month his future wife and friend since High School, Kim followed in Detroit, Michigan at the Northwest Church of Christ. Hollis and Kim have ( 2 sons Micheal 27, Mark 23 ), both baptized members. Hollis currently services the Church as the Evangelism / Benevolence Ministry Leader and Song Leader