Joshua Johnson: Former United Methodist Minister
Joshua Johnson began life in Mississippi in a family dedicated to the Baptist tradition of the Christian faith. Experiencing a love for Jesus at a young age, Joshua made his public declaration of faith at age 7 and was baptized. Something changed within him and he began to live a joyous life. His family moved to PA but his formation continued through worship, preaching and music. In high school Joshua got interested in politics which led him to Liberty University where he met his wife-to-be as he pursued government studies. Upon graduation, he entered the Washington, DC political workforce. Joshua and his wife were attracted to “high-church Methodism and soon he was in discernment for the call to ministry in the United Methodist Church. It landed him at Duke Divinity School while, at the same time, pastoring a small church in rural southern VA as a licensed preacher. It was as a student at Duke, being immersed in the early Church Fathers, that Joshua’s mind and heart were opened to the fullness of the Catholicism. He and his wife entered the Catholic Church in December 2007.