Greater Hurst Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
2730 North Links Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34234   Phone:(941) 355-6033  Fax:(941) 487-7561
Rev. Adam Jefferson Richardson, Jr., Presiding Prelate
​Dr. Connie Speights Richardson, Episcopal Supervisor
Rev. Joyce Jordan Moore, St. Petersburg District Presiding Elder

Bro. Donald Moore, St. Petersburg District Consultant
Rev. Keturah Drayton Pittman, Pastor

Mrs.Blanche Johnson received one of the highest honors that a layperson in the African Methodist Episcopal Church can receive.   The 115th Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson Jr. consecrated her as a Deaconness.

The North Sarasota Public Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., hosted a community celebration Saturday, Oct. 25, in honor of its 10th anniversary.  As part of the anniversary celebration, Betty Jean Johnson, volunteer and board member with the Friends of the North Sarasota Public Library, was recognized for her contributions.

 Johnson served as the coordinator of an outreach program that brought a collection of paperback books and media materials via minivan to the historically black neighborhood of Newtown in the late 1970s. She also played a key role in bringing the first temporary library to Newtown and ultimately establishing the state-of-the-art North Sarasota Public Library branch in 2004.