That singular focus summarizes the last 42 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, his wife of 47 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 Church Growth in his honor in 1997. He has also received several honorary Doctorates over the years for his work in ministry.
Married to her high school sweetheart since 1970, Janet is still captivated by his charm and wit after all their years together, and finds herself still lighting up when he enters the room. She is an inspirational teacher and motivational speaker, expertly organizing and facilitating the Pastor’s Wives breakout sessions at Timothy Barnabas Retreats in the US and abroad.
When Janet is not at Johnny’s side supporting him in their 47 years of marriage and 42 years in ministry she will most likely be found spending time with one or both of her two daughters: Deanna and Hollie. She is very proud of her grandchildren: Hope, Addie, Katie and Carson. Ms Janet’s favorite past time is relaxing on a beach, watching NASCAR and just being together with her family.
Life in ministry is just that. Better when we are “together”. Together is not always easy when you are in ministry. There are lots of things that pull us apart, causing us to lose focus as a couple and even forget why we are doing this “job” in the first place.
This is what the Timothy+Barnabas ministry is about. It is not the typical ministers conference where you sit and listen to more sermons.
We try to provide a fun atmosphere where you can let your hair down and be who you are while we try to encourage you in what God has called you and your spouse to do. It is our intent to spoil you, entertain you, inspire you and encourage you. Notice it’s all about YOU!
Make plans now to join us at one of our Timothy+Barnabas Retreats for Ministers and Wives in Atlanta, Gatlinburg, Palm Springs, Branson…or maybe even a city near you soon!