WE CAN NO LONGER BE SILENT
Rarely does a day go by that we don't face struggles and many of those occur inside our hearts and minds. Who do we turn to? Who holds us accountable? Who is there to walk along side us? For many of us the answer is, "on one." Our struggles remain UNSPOKEN. Consequently, each day the invisible wall in our mind that separates us from God grows a little taller and stronger. The good news, God never intended for us to live our lives in isolation. Throughout scripture we see believers coming together to help each overcome obstacles and bear one another's burdens. So what are these UNSPOKEN struggles that we don't talk about and why do we remain silent? It's not easy to open up. In fact, it can be painful. But it's time we ripped the duct tape off our mouths and demolish the invisible walls we've built with our silence.
Pastor, First Baptis Church
Others. That singular focus summarizes the last 29 years of contagious passion that "Pastor Johnny" has imparted to First Baptist Church Woodstock and the countless lives across the globe his preaching and shepherding have touched. While the church has experienced significant growth under his leadership, it is growth of the person, not the platform, that continues to energize a ministry that sees its best days ahead.
Foremost among the "others" he lives for are his wife of 45 years, Janet Allen Hunt, his two daughters Deanna Carswell and Hollie Hixson; and his 4 grand children, Katie, Carson, Hope & Addie.
Before coming to the Woodstock, Pastor Johnny served at Lavonia Baptist Church in Mooresboro, NC, Falls Baptist Church in Wake Forest North Carolina, and his home church, Longleaf Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC.
Pastor Johnny's educational credits include a BA in Religion from Gardner-Webb College where he was voted "Ministerial Student of the Year" in 1979. He continued onto Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Divinity in 1981. Southeastern honored Pastor Johnny in 1997 by naming The Chair of Biblical Preaching in his honor in 1997. He has also received several honorary Doctorates over the years for his work in ministry.