You may recall last year when I did
my church series brochure,
http://www.sonc.com/churchweb , I
mentioned the reason that so many of the buildings resembled each
other is that they were all built by one man. I had the good fortune
today to meet Mr. Ben Johnson, the benefactor of all those little rural
We got into a conversation in the
doctor's office, and he told me that he had owned a number of funeral
homes, and a casket factory. When work was light at the factory, he sent
his carpenters out to build churches around the area. Seems like one
of the best public relations ideas I've ever heard.
At 93, he continues to endow our
area; he's responsible for Head Start facilities, Trade School Annexes,
and Community Centers.