“Doubt is not a threat to your faith. It is an invitation from God to thicken your faith.” – Stacie H. Johnson
Stacie H. Johnson
Stacie H. Johnson is the Director of the Center for Cultural Discipleship. She has spent the last twenty five years in Christian ministry, equipping others to confidently live and reflect the Gospel in an ever-changing culture. She received her Master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Stacie previously served for ten years on staff with Fellowship Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. She also served in New Orleans, Louisiana for over a decade with Campus Crusade for Christ and the Christian Medical and Dental Association with ministry concentrations in philosophy, discipleship, ethics, theology, and worldview formation. She has previously taught philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tennessee, and Biola University in Southern California. Stacie deeply enjoys spending her time training Christ-followers of all ages to live faithfully in an often-conflicted world. She is gifted in discipleship, teaching, equipping, and leadership. Stacie is married to her wonderful husband Andy, and they are blessed with a 9-year-old daughter, Gracie.
A Personal Journey.. in her words
I was born in New Orleans to a military family and as a college student planted myself at Louisiana State University for four years. With the help of friends, family, and a wonderful mentor, I began to discover the God of the Bible through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The sovereign grace of God revolutionized my existence. I didn’t know much, I simply knew that, “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance.” (C.S. Lewis)
The next ten years included full time vocational ministry with parachurch ministries where I learned to depend on God’s care as a single woman, living on financial ministry support.
By the age of thirty, I was living in New Orleans again, training medical students to engage their world with the gospel and taking a few seminary classes with an ever-growing desire to teach. Then the unthinkable. Hurricane Katrina devastated my hometown and ministry to medical students shifted to serving my beloved neighborhoods in disaster relief work. Gutting homes, praying with residents, and learning mold abatement became my daily existence. Life started from scratch. No income. No school. No certainty. Still, no husband. Only two things were certain… God’s faithfulness was not in question, and I was not alone.
The winds of Katrina blew my course to southern California and a seminary degree in philosophy and ethics at Talbot School of Theology. These were glorious years of living in the deep richness of God’s creation and character. It was here that I discovered my passion for worldview and how this branch of ministry was not merely a branch at all. Worldview is the foundation of reflecting the Gospel and making disciples in this generation. God’s Story is richer and thicker than I knew and framed all my relationships, experiences, and purpose.
The offer for a PhD program in philosophy led me to Knoxville, Tennessee. Thirty-five, still single, and I was just beginning to discover how my life intersected God’s plan for His world. It was here, at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, I met my wonderful husband, Andy.
Having never seen myself as a mom, the richer Story of God’s design would pave the road to the one of the greatest blessings in my life, the birth of our daughter, Gracie. Over the next ten years, I would know the goodness of God in marriage, motherhood, and two difficult miscarriages that followed.
When my church at the time asked me to join their staff to help equip believers for discipleship, I joyfully accepted. Over the next decade, I learned the art of shepherding people in their hurts and joys; learning how to help believers develop a faith deep enough for the world in which we live; learning the slow counseling work of a pastor and the equipping work of a trainer. This rich, rewarding, and challenging season was where I got a practical degree in leadership, church structures, staff development, teaching, and partnership in an evangelical church.
These days I enjoy helping others discover a winsome faith in a conflicted world. I am honored to walk with and shepherd my own daughter, love my husband more and more everyday, and enjoy my community of neighbors. I am convinced that the people of God can reflect His goodness, truth, and beauty in the world, winning people and not just arguments.
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