Brand New Beginning

DSCN2999I remember it like it was yesterday. Walking on campus at Truett-McConnell College in the North Georgia mountains for the first time. Filled with excitement, joy, and a little bit of fear, I embraced the new journey I was embarking upon as a freshman. I had no idea that over the course of the next few years I would meet the love of my life, that God would allow me to start a band that would travel all over the country singing original songs, and that I would build friendships with people who would come to have a significant impact on my life. North Georgia has been home to Mary Beth and me for the last 9 years and we have come to love everything about it. The beautiful mountains, the rivers, and the waterfalls have all been a major part of our lives and we had no intention of leaving this place.

When God says go…you go.

About six months ago doors began to open that had Mary Beth and me wondering what God wanted us to do. We did not have a peace about any of the options and so we felt that we should stay put and continue doing what we KNOW God wants us to do – Love JESUS, Love people, and Serve Him. Over the course of time God began to open a door to a church down in New Orleans. At first, Mary Beth and I were thinking “What?? New Orleans? That place is HOT. It doesn’t have mountains, waterfalls, kayaking, or mountain biking.” But God reminded us of what New Orleans does have – 1) Believers who love JESUS with all their hearts and 2) Lost people who don’t know what it is like to have a relationship with the Savior.

In Genesis 12:1. The Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” A few verses later (12:4) we see the simple response – “So Abram went.” This plain, yet profound response signifies the heart Mary Beth and I want to have for our Lord: Complete and unreserved obedience in submission to His calling. Six months ago Mary Beth and I said “Yes” to the Lord. We gave Him a resounding, ”We’ll go!” We just needed to know where He would send us. God has made our calling clear and I have accepted the call to be the associate pastor of Worship and Music at First Baptist New Orleans. Although New Orleans will be a major transition for us, we are so grateful God is sending us to this wonderful city to be a part of what He is doing there through FBNO.

//Lord where You lead me

That’s where I’ll be, I’ll go

I will follow You and I will sing

‘til the whole world knows You are God

You, You can save, You alone

There is no other

That’s why I sing, that’s why I’ll go

I will follow//

What about the band?

God has given me a platform over the past eight years to reach many people with the Gospel through my band and the traveling ministry. I believe that God has given me a calling in that area and I do not want to stop using it for His glory until He makes it clear otherwise. While I will be taking some time to get adjusted to life in New Orleans, I will certainly have the opportunity to lead worship at camps and conferences while serving at FBNO. This may look a little different and may not be as frequent as in past years, but I look forward to what God is going to do through the traveling ministry He has allowed me to have.

Mary Beth and I know that New Orleans will be a major life change for us, but we are extremely excited about this new adventure and we are praying BIG things. Please pray for us as we move into this new phase of our lives to serve JESUS in New Orleans.

To know Him and to make Him known,

Tim Johnson

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