Melvin C. Johnson, a former employee of the General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda and associate pastor of Potters House Christian Community Church in Niagara Falls, died Tuesday in a car accident in Niagara Falls. He was 48.
Born in Buffalo, he attended Emerson High School and graduated from Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary in Tampa, Fla., in 2008.
For more than a decade, he was a member of Potters House Church, where he was ordained as an associate pastor in 2009. As a minister, he assisted those seeking to overcome substance abuse and provided pastoral oversight for Zola House and Solomon's Porch, two local transitional residences.
Mr. Johnson also served on the Potters House prison ministry team, its drama ministry and its mercy and bereavement teams. In November 2010, he traveled to Liberia and Ghana in West Africa as a guest preacher during a leadership training conference.
He is survived by three daughters, Ruykia, Breanna and Jasmine; three sons, Christopher, Jonathan and Jeremiah; his parents, Lois and M.C.; five sisters, Gwendolyn Perkins, Jacqueline, Monique, Lakesha and Britany; a brother, Anthony; and a special friend, Marie Thompson.
A funeral service was held Saturday in Potters House Church, 723 Seventh St., Niagara Falls.