The years of Christian growth and service to God and the community continued. Then, there was a period of sadness for our church. In 1960, Mother Hattie Johnson became gravely ill, and on December 24, Christmas Eve, she passed. On September 1, 1961, less than a year later, Pastor Johnson passed, also. These events, though grievous, did not stop the church from moving forward. It created courage and faithfulness to God which has carried it through other difficult times. Now, Rev. W. K. Jackson was the Pastor of St. John, and under his strong leadership, the church continued to grow, teach and serve.