My name is Christine Johnson, and I am receiving further minister education at CLI. I was born on the beautiful island of Nassau, Bahamas. We here in the Bahamas say this is where God resides. I am the first of nine children born to my parents, Mr. Fredrick and Elder Cora Mcphee. At the tender age of thirteen, I committed my life to Christ at a revival service at our local assembly. Growing up in a Christian home played a pivotal role in my decision, as family devotions and scripture readings were routine.
My Calling Begins
As a teenager and a new convert, for a time, I became distracted. However, while attending a youth choir rehearsal, the closing song was, Set Me on Fire (once more so the world can watch me burn for you). I knew God had a calling on my life. I recommitted my life to the Lord right then and there. Was the journey always easy? No, it was not. It was through building a disciplined life of prayer and reading God’s word that helped me to mature in the things of God.
Since birth, I have worshipped in the same Baptist church. Therefore, I have had the joy and privilege to have served in each arm of the ministry. I married, and now along with my husband and children, we are at the same church. It will celebrate its 71st Anniversary this year.
Passion for the Youth
I have always had a passion for working with young people and in the Youth Ministry. Sometimes, I wonder if this is because of my time of distraction as a new convert and a teenager. There is a saying, “Experience is the best teacher.” I want to assist as many young people as I can to stay focused on their Christian journey. With what I experienced on the new convert journey, I know it is but for the grace of God that I am walking with Him. The word of God states in Jeremiah, “I know the plans I have for you.” To this date, I serve as the Church’s Youth Minister.
Ordination on My Journey
My Senior Pastor saw God’s hand on my life, so I was ordained to the ministry as an Evangelist on July 27, 1997. Therefore, I have had the pleasure of traveling extensively throughout the family of Islands. I preach the gospel to fulfill the commission of Jesus Christ. There was an even higher calling upon my life. Therefore, I was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in July 2004 and as a Reverend in July 2016.
One day, I dream of becoming a Senior Pastor and shepherd for the people of God. To this end, I continually rely on my favorite Scripture Psalm 37: 23-24, “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way, though he falls he would not utterly be cast down for the Lord upholds him in His righteous right hand.”
My Academic Journey Thus Far
My academic journey began at the Naomi Blatch Primary School and further molding at S.C. Mcpherson Junior High, A.F. Adderley Senior High, Atlantic College (Nassau, Bahamas), and Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) respectively. I am a graduate of the Bahamas Baptist Bible Institute and Seminary. Also, I graduated from the School of Ministry of the Mt. Pleasant Greene Baptist Church with a certificate in Spiritual Warfare. Both are located in Nassau, Bahamas.
Further Minister Education at CLI
During the lockdown because of COVID 19, I felt in my heart God is doing something new. I sense there is going to be a great revival during and after this time of crisis. So I thought to use my lockdown time wisely by enrolling in some classes that will prepare me with further minister education. I thank you, Christian Leaders Institute (CLI), for your labor of love to provide free online ministry training. Many people have been laid off or lost their jobs during this time of COVID 19, but you have made the classes available online and affordable. May God forever bless and provide for your institution.
The training received thus far from CLI brought me new insight into some protocols in ministry. My husband, who is also an ordained minister, is my mentor while I study at CLI. Therefore, we can share my lessons learned. The journey thus far at CLI has been life-transforming.
I would like to especially thank Professor Henry Reyenga for covering me in prayer at the end of many of the videos. May God’s blessings forever rest upon him.