Pastor John Elijah McMullen
A General in The Army of The Lord!
John E. McMullen was a native of Jackson, Butts County, Georgia. He was born September 19, 1931, to the late Emmett, Sr. and Martha Taylor McMullen of Jackson, Georgia. He entered the Church Triumphant on Monday evening 8:58pm, May 2nd, 2022. God gave his faithful servant long life in this world. Now he dwells with the spirit of “Just Men Made Perfect”.
In this life we are Selected and Drafted, then we Enlist, and are Promoted in connection with our service. John E. McMullen was not a tall man physically but was a giant among soldiers in the army of the Lord. When the Lord called him home, he was indeed a General in rank among the soldiers on the battlefield for the Lord.
He gave his life to Christ at an early age and standing on a box sang his first solo at the age of 5. Having been the son of a sharecropper, he worked the fields from April to September and went to get an education from October to March. Because the school house was also the Church House, he was being groomed to rise through the spiritual ranks. Emmett Sr. wanting his baby boy not to suffer the indignities and disrespect of the sharecropping life, asked his eldest daughter Elven, affectionately called Evelyn, and her husband Jimmie Lee Bell, if they would take him back to Cincinnati, Ohio with them. This began a new assignment in a new place at age 16. Living with his sister and husband’s family, he went to work for Jake Sweeney Automotive. Rising through the ranks and acquiring new skills, he saved enough money to buy a car. He drove back to Jackson and moved his Father to Cincinnati.
Having been selected, he served in the United States Army, for a year and a half in the Korean Conflict. He was released from active military service to return to the Army Reserve to complete 8 years of service. He went to work at his oldest brother, Emmett Jr’s, gas station. Then later took advantage of the opportunity to work at the Cincinnati Milling Machine. Because of his humble and teachable spirit, he was promoted to a machine operator, drawing blueprints, and creating his own tools as needed. After 30 years of service, he retired a much-honored and well-respected machinist.
In 1951, he married Redetha Johnson, to which union 1 child was born. Then in 1960, he was joined in Holy Matrimony to Marjorie Veasley, to which union 1 son was added and then 1 son and 2 daughters were born. This was a 50-year union of love until The Father called his love to Himself.
“The greatness of the Army has always been the ability of a soldier who serves in the ranks to rise to the challenge…” (Julius W. Gates-8th Sergeant Major)
John E. McMullen was up for the challenge. His devotion to the Lord grew parallel to his status in the community. He was a man of blameless character and spiritual devotion. He joined the St Luke Baptist Church where Lela Mae and James Carl Bonner became watch parents. Mom and Dad as he called them became life-long guardians and he treated them as a good son would, caring for them until the Lord called them to Himself.
He grew in wisdom and stature with God and man. His devotion to God and loyalty to family and friends allowed for his promotion in St. Luke Baptist Church. He was set aside, tested and ordained as Deacon under the capable Pastorate of Pastor Charlie Roy Flint. He served in his rank until God elevated him to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In June of 1976, Deacon John E. McMullen publicly declared that the Lord called him to preach the gospel. It is with this message he continues to declare his love for God and his dedication to the ministry. “I Will Let Nothing Separate Me from the Love of God” was his 1st and continues to be his resounding message.
He made full-proof of his ministry as an Evangelist, preaching revivals both in his home city, his native home Georgia, as well as many other cities as God gave him opportunity. Reverend John E. McMullen understood the importance of leading by example. His loyalty and character allowed for yet another promotion from the Lord.
In April, 1977, he was called to Pastor El-Bethel Baptist Church, Cincinnati, Ohio. He grew the congregation both numerically and spiritually by preaching the Word of God simply and faithfully, encouraging them to “Let Go and Let God”. He baptized countless, married many, counseled even more. As pastor, friend, and confidant, he would tell them “I Love You and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It!” He pastored El-Bethel Baptist Church for 44 years. When his health began to challenge him, it was at this time he entered retirement as Pastor Emeritus.
When El-Bethel and Zion Hill consolidated, under the leadership of his nephew Pastor Carl E. McMullen Sr. and son Pastor Shawn E. McMullen Sr., Pastor McMullen was an encourager of the vision. He became an intricate part in the founding of the merged congregations and continued preaching the Word of God and being an example of Christian living.
His favorite passage of scripture: II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.”
Pastor Emeritus John E. McMullen was called from Earth’s Labors to Heaven’s Rewards. He leaves to cherish his memory and carry his legacy his sons Gregory V. Johnson (Carolyn), Pastor Shawn E. McMullen (Fanta); his daughters Vanessa Walker (Eugene), Minister Kimberly D. McMullen, and Psalmist Jongi K. Turney (Martin); 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and very special friend of over 45 years June V. Manuel.
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