Rev. Johnny L Sanders was born to the parentage of Mr. Cosby and Mrs. Lindy Gordon Sanders of Jones County. He is the seventh of ten children. As a youth he attended Maggie Califf Elementary School. After his family left Jones County he continued his education and graduated from Bibb Technical High School in Macon GA. Furthering his education he graduated from Turner Theological Institute receiving his Diploma in Theology.
Rev Johnny Sanders is married to the lovely Jeannette Sanders and they have four children, Renee, Anthony, Mia and Tawanna and Eight grandchildren.
Rev. Sanders was called into the ministry in 1978 under the leadership of Pastor Willie Bundrige of Duresville African Methodist Episcopal Church. He was ordained under Bishop Frederick H. Talbot of the Sixth Episcopal District. After he was ordained Rev. Sanders was assign to Salem AME and Holt Chapel AME Church. He saw the need for improvement and renovations begin immediately. A complete make-over was accomplished, including adding restrooms, buying new Church furniture, air conditions, adding classrooms, and fellowship hall. Rev. Sanders was a great Pastor and leader of these two churches for eight wonderful years.
When the Bishop saw what a great leader and man of God that was placed in his sight , he ask Rev. Sanders if he would go to St. James AME Bradley because of his passion and vision for helping people. Rev Sanders set his goal and not only did he reach it; he surpassed it. Rev. Sanders was there for only six month when church members started coming back to worship - improving church membership by forty percent. The first Sunday he preached the spirit of the Lord was present and St. James Bradley is still thriving today.
Later, he was assigned to The New Greenspring and Hunts Chapel Circuit in May 1993 in Sparta Georgia. Where he worshiped and led God's people for twenty-two years. He saw that the members were hungry for the word of God. He went to work preaching and teaching the Word. Renovation begin on both churches, he implemented e-mail addresses, sound systems, pews, computers, copier, finance room, both in and outside had a complete makeover, air conditioning units, pastor office, church furniture, fellowship hall, church marquee, Male Ensemble Choir. He finished his tenure in Sparta by getting the church yard paved.
On May 3rd, 2015 Bishop Preston W. Williams II saw that same visionary and assigned Pastor Sanders to The Greater Jordan Chapel African Methodist Church in Haddock Georgia. Pastor Sanders saw the challenges that were given and he gladly accepted it. He loves the Youth Department because he realizes you have to train them up in a way that will be pleasing to God. The same vision and motivation Pastor Sanders saw for his previous assignments, he saw for Greater Jordan Chapel and his work has already begin.
Rev. Sanders' motto: If I can help just one somebody as I travel along this journey then my living will not be in vain.
We are a Down Home Church, Doing God's work God's way with loving members.