Dr. Jerry Johnston is an evangelist, Pastor, church-planter, television host, producer and director of documentaries and TV specials, fundraiser for Christian causes, Pastoral coach, and proud grandfather five grandchildren. Since Jerry first began preaching in 1974, he has spoken in over 1,200 churches throughout North America and the world, and captivated youth on over 2,500 public school campuses addressing vital issues. Over 125,000 recorded salvation decisions in his revivals and evangelistic crusades. Jerry has extensive media experience, having appeared on scores of major TV shows, and produced videos for Word Publishing, which have been distributed to thousands of churches. Jerry is passionate for pastors, served a church planter, and built a mega-church in his hometown of Overland Park, KS. Jerry has the spiritual gifts of faith, leadership, evangelism, teaching, and discernment. His wife, Cristie Jo Johnston, is an effective teacher of God’s word who has broad appeal to both men and women. Cristie Jo was asked by Shirley Dobson to speak at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C. The Johnston’s have extensive contacts and fundraising experience with evangelicals and donors of all denominations throughout the US and Canada.
Dr. Jerry Johnston has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs. The following list is representative, but not exhaustive:
Serve as host of 100 Huntley Street TV Show based in Toronto airing daily on the Global Television network with one million viewers per week. Interviewed Rick Warren, Dr. David
Jeremiah, Dr. John Hagee, Philip Yancey, quarterback Jim Kelly, and many other international Christian leaders.
Directs multiple television crews in the filming of four documentary television specials to air on various television networks globally. Interviewing leading experts on a wide range of topics from the Center to Disease Control to leaders in Washington, DC as well as numerous people impacted by various spiritual issues across America.
As a TV host, Dr. Jerry Johnston help set fundraising records for Crossroads Christian Communications (www.crossroads.ca) by leading their TV telethons and recruiting monthly donor support. Dr. Johnston designed and wrote two important books, Why They Die: Curing the Death Wish in Our Kids and Christian & Demons and TV documentaries Inside Teenage Suicide and Battling the Darkness, and The Power of Media: The Sexualization of our Youth supporting the success of these telethons in new monthly donor support and large donor cultivation and support.
Provided strategy for media penetration into the United States in a syndication format. Dr. Johnston has worked with multiple TV networks including the Discovery Television Network, MTV, TBN, Daystar, and others appearing on numerous programs and designing new TV shows.
Planted an innovative, biblical church in his hometown of Overland Park, Kansas, First Family Church, which began with 500 people on the first Sunday and grew to 4,200 members in eleven years. Raised $59 million dollars in eleven years, built 140,000 square foot campus on 51 acres. Dr. Johnston championed the Kansas Marriage Amendment at the request of Pastor Joe Wright of Central Christian Church in Wichita, KS and incurred the retaliation of repeated attacks by the Kansas City Star who dispatched a fulltime investigative journalist on him, his family, and printed numerous libelous stories which launched an investigation by the Kansas Department of Consumer Protection and two years of immense stress and trial. Dr. Jay Sekulow, President of the American Center of Law & Justice, led a team of lawyers at the request of the Board of Elders of First Family Church, led by the Board Chairman, the Honorable Judge Robert Ulrich whereby both Dr. Johnston and the church were fully exonerated. Dr. Jay Sekulow stated in October of 2009 in a live telecast service at First Family Church he had never witnessed a more politically motivated witch-hunt in his 30 years of practicing law and defending Christian freedom in the United States. For a complete description and associated appendices please read chapter one of Dr. Johnston’s doctoral dissertation.
Personal strengths encompass: high energy, result-oriented, persistence in pursuit of goals, and a resourceful, pro-active approach to conquering difficult challenges.
Dr. Jerry Johnston is versatile, dynamic, frequently requested speaker/evangelist, author and media personality with strong stage presence and an unforgettable and convincing style that motivates and inspires audiences of all ages. Highly credible with more than 30 years of experience presenting sensitive and vital issues that confront today’s audiences in a manner that will make a profound impact.