Merrie Allen Johnson has been in youth ministry for 28 years. She joined the BSCNC staff in 2001 as senior consultant in student evangelism and ministry. Some of her duties include the eight weeks of Caswell Youth Camps, continuing education retreats for youth ministers and youth workers, and fall retreats at Caswell. She also leads youth worker training events across North Carolina.
Merrie has written numerous articles over the years for the Baptist Sunday School Board and LifeWay in the areas of youth discipleship, missions and youth ministry programming. For the last three years she has been the writer of the Single Purpose articles for LifeWay’s “Living with Teenagers” magazine. She has written dramas and entire worship services for Student Day at Christmas for several years. Merrie’s first published piece was a youth musical entitled, “Timothy: Discovering God's Will,” which she co-authored with Stan Pethel while in college.
Her desire is for students to realize that God is working all around them and they need to be on the “hunt” to find Him and give Him the glory and praise. Merrie says you need to do the “God Hunt Dance” when you realize it is His working in your life. She has amazing personal stories of how God has been leading her for years on this wonderful adventure of discovering His power and strength. She is excited about her relationship with Christ and it shows!
Merrie is working on her Doctorate of Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has completed all her classwork and is working on her dissertation.
Merrie is the proud mother of two boys, McKenzie, age 22, and Murphy, age 18. They keep her hopping with all their school and sports activities. But she wouldn't have it any other way. They have been doing the “God Hunt Dance” along with their mom for years. Merrie and her boys live in Garner, N.C. “Go God!”