#3 – Johnny Hunt – Living For Others
This week, my wife and I (and daughter and son in in law ) had the amazing privilege to attend the Timothy Barnabas conference that my pastor, friend, mentor, “older brother”, “father” and life- long ministry partner, Dr. Johnny and his wife Janet puts on.
It is a ministry to instruct and encourage people in ministry. I left instructed and encouraged!
Johnny Hunt has done more for me and my family than any other person in the world. I could write a book, not a blog on the investment that he has made in me.I am forever grateful.
I have always said that Johnny Hunt is one in a billion (not million!). There are not seven people on the planet like him.
Johnny Hunt is one of the greatest encouragers that I know. He has the ability to inspire you, motivate you and challenge you all at once. After spending just a few moments with him, I find myself ready to change the world.
Pastor Johnny baptized me 30 years ago after I received Christ in Wilmington, N.C. I soon surrendered to preach under his ministry and he later ordained me. He gave me my first opportunity in ministry and he has remained a great friend and supporter to my family and I, through the good and the bad times. Johnny Hunt is a rare jewel.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man.” That statement is so true of the great First Baptist Church of Woodstock and also Timothy Barnabas.
Johnny’s leadership is known all over the world, yet he would quickly bestow credit to others.
Anyone who knows Pastor Johnny knows that he lives for others . His life has been dedicated to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission – to love God and love others.
Few people can say with the Apostle Paul, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Pastor Johnny can say that with integrity. We follow him because he reminds us of Jesus…always giving of himself to help someone else.
Mother Teresa was often quoted as saying “ a life not lived for others is not a life.” Johnny Hunt’s life is about others.
I know of no-one that is more giving, more selfless, more caring and compassionate, and more loving than Pastor Johnny.
We all know the goal in life is not to live forever…the goal in life is to create something that will live forever. Johnny Hunt has not only done that in the church, but in the lives of thousands of individuals. I am grateful to be one of those lives that has been changed.
Words can never truly express my gratitude and my love to my friend and Pastor, Johnny Hunt. Tears flow down my face as I write this because I know what kind of friend this man has been and the investment that he has made in my life.
Pastor Johnny, thanks for living for others and showing us all a true example of Jesus.