July 21, 1932 – March 29, 2019
A dream, a vision, a passion for people and a burning desire to adhere to the great commission:
Rev. Hermine Johnston, was born on July 21st, 1932 in the city of Kingston, Jamaica, to the late Rev. O.T. Johnston and Elizabeth Pringle, nee Thompson. She was lovingly raised by her hero, known to us only as Aunt Jule. At the tender age of three, Auntie, as she was affectionately called by most, was already wise beyond her years. She’d made the decision early in life that she did not want to be married. Instead, she chose to devote herself to Ministry and caring for others. Hence, the career path of becoming an ordained Minister and a Registered Nurse.
Aunt Hermine grew up in St. Thomas, Jamaica with Aunt Jule and her family. She would often tell stories about her growing up years. Auntie loved and embraced life, and as much as she was an angel in our eyes, she also told stories of her sometimes mischievous ways, like any normal youngster. Auntie had a zest for life, a profound quest for knowledge and staying current. She had a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit. Auntie loved traveling and enjoyed a variety of cuisines.
She migrated to the United Kingdom in 1952, where she then pursued her nursing career, while still finding every opportunity to serve the community and the world through various outreach organizations. She obtained several nursing certifications from East Birmingham Hospital and was a member of the Nursing of Association of England and Wales. Auntie completed her B.S.N at Long Island University, NY in 1974 and was also a graduate of Calvary Bible Institute.
At the invitation of a dear family friend, Auntie moved from the United Kingdom to Brooklyn, New York in 1968, where she wasted no time in starting a prayer ministry, resulting in the establishment of the Calvary Evangelistic Assembly. This has subsequently led to many other ministries being formed in various places - Yonkers, New Jersey, Connecticut, The Bronx, New Rochelle, Philadelphia, Jamaica, Haiti, Africa (please forgive me if I’ve forgotten a few).
In 1990, Auntie made the transition from Brooklyn, New York to Apopka, Florida, resigning her Pastoral role but continued working part-time with Hospice of the Comforter, caring for families in every way she could. She became a member of the Apopka Assembly of God in 1991 where she has served faithfully. No task was too great or small. She dedicated her life, resources and time to serving others. She was indeed a living example of Jesus’ hands and feet here on earth. Auntie, Auntie Minnie, Dimples, Hermine, Minister, Miss Hermine, Mother, Reverend, Sergeant Major, among some of the many names she’s been called, was a rare and precious jewel and will be sorely missed. The treasures she’s instilled in every life she’s encountered will be long remembered for generations to come, and encourages us toward a greater hope. She encapsulated the essence of true love.
Words are not enough to express our thanks and appreciation to the Apopka Church family, neighbors, and longtime friends for their support, help, prayers, and hospitality offered at this time. Hermine Johnston is survived by sisters Helen Webley (Jamaica), Perfemia (Millie) Duncan (New York), brother Lloyd Pringle (England), nieces, nephews, grand and great nieces, grand and great nephews.
Donations in her honor may be given toward the ministry in Haiti, through Apopka Assembly of God at ThriveApopka.com
- Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
- Visitation Saturday, April 6, 2019
- A Celebration of Life Saturday, April 6, 2019