Name: Brad Johnson
Pledge Class: 1986
Purdue Major: Political Science (Pre-Law)
Serving The Kingdom
This month we are highlighting Brad Johnson from PC ’86. Brad graduated from Purdue University with a major in Political Science (Pre-Law). Following graduation, the Lord called Brad into ministry. Although he never imagined his career would be in ministry, he said “I can’t imagine doing anything else. There’s never a day that I don’t look forward to what I get to do for the Kingdom.” Currently, he is finishing a PhD in Biblical Studies through Asbury Theological Seminary, where he has have been teaching New Testament Studies for nearly ten years. While finishing his PhD, Brad is also a licensed local pastor with the United Methodist Church, and he assists as a volunteer at his families local congregation (Wilmore UMC) on a part-time basis.
Having a career in ministry, however, has had its challenges. Brad said, “The most challenging part is supporting a family of six on a very limited income. However, this challenge has come with the opportunity to see God’s faithfulness; not only in taking care of us, but taking care of us extravagantly. Although we don’t live a luxurious lifestyle by most American standards, we have everything we need and want…and more.”
Favorite Fairway Memory
Looking back at his time in Fairway, one of Brad’s favorite memories was the tradition of U-Sing. “We had a fabulous music director, Tony Minor, who at the time was a member of the Glee Club. We were very competitive as a house, I really enjoyed working together with guys from Fairway and our partner houses.” Brad also enjoyed Fairway’s weekly devotions, who were at that time lead by Bryan Oldham.
Advice for Current House Members
“I would say that, above all else, seek a vital relationship with God through the daily study of His Word, daily conversation with Him through prayer, and vital Christian fellowship. The plans I had for myself upon leaving Fairway in 1987 were foolish and selfish. When I finally relented from those plans and made room for His will, my life took a direction I never saw coming…and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I remain available to Fairway actives and pledges who are wrestling with their faith or exploring a call into ministry; guys currently living in the house are welcome to call, text or email me anytime if there is some small way I can support them in their journey.”