Moving Forward

Allen Johnsey
2 min readJul 16, 2021

Former, no more

Photo by Jan Huber on Unsplash

For better than two years, I have toyed with the idea of moving forward with my life as it pertains to ministry. I have blogged here and there, teased a podcast that never came to fruition, and served at my new church a time or two.

Well, as you know if you read my last personal post, I have now committed to serving weekly in the praise band at church and will be producing a podcast.

As I am making this transition, my attention was drawn to my bio here and on twitter. I start it with “Former Pastor and Christian School Administrator.”

I had tried to convince myself that I did this in order to lend myself some credibility in the “Christian” world. Although, if you know why I am “former,” you probably wouldn’t take that as a positive.

But, I think I have discovered that I put that because for more than half of my life, that is what defined me. I began preaching at 14 or 15 and began pastoral ministry not long after that. I worked as a youth pastor, associate, worship leader, and pastor. Later in my ministry I helped start a Christian school and became full time as teacher and administrator. This was the culmination of my life’s work. Everything I was, was wrapped up in what I did, to the point that it cost me some things that were far more important than that. And even after all that, I was still…



Allen Johnsey

Follower of Jesus Christ | Keeper of the Way | Husband | Father | Stepfather | Musician | Occasional Blogger | Aspiring Podcaster | Director of Ministries FUMC