More about NRJohnson
My name is Nathan Johnson (NRJohnson), and I have an overwhelming passion for Jesus. Though I grew up in church and was involved in serving and leading in a variety of ministry capacities, it wasn’t until after college that Jesus radically turned my life upside down.
During the summer of 2005, I had the opportunity to intern with Dr. Stephen Manley, an itinerant evangelist who spent more than forty years traveling the world, preaching the Word of God. Under Stephen’s mentoring and discipleship, I discovered the importance of studying the Word of God, and I came to realize that the Christian life is not to be lived in my own strength, wisdom, and ability but in surrender to and dependence upon the Spirit of God who lives within me.
Jesus used a summer of serving, pouring out, teaching children, and learning from Stephen to ground me in Truth (Scripture) and to stir up a hunger and passion for greater intimacy and oneness with Himself. This summer internship was a catalyst that formed the foundation for where Jesus has led me this past decade.
I left this summer internship and headed off to seminary to get a Masters of Divinity. Three years later, I graduated with honors from Asbury Theological Seminary and moved to Tennessee to work behind the scenes for Stephen Manley.
Over the next six years, I worked alongside Stephen Manley and Cross Style Global Ministries to create resources to help people study the Bible, understand their position in Christ, and live the lifestyle of the Cross. During this time, Stephen came off the road from full-time evangelism, and we started Cross Style Church in Lebanon, Tennessee. This became the main training ground for the Cross Style School of Practical Ministry, which officially launched in 2013.
While serving Cross Style and Stephen Manley in my role as an administrator, teacher, pastor, graphic designer, webmaster, book editor, and publisher, I also spent considerable time “in the trenches” of inner-city work ministering to the homeless, to the elderly, and to underprivileged children.
In October 2013, I moved to Windsor, Colorado, to work full-time with Ellerslie Mission Society. Though I no longer live in Tennessee, I continue to support and work alongside Cross Style Global Ministries in a part-time/background role.
Eric and Leslie Ludy began Ellerslie Mission Society in 2010 with the desire to train and equip the next generation of Christians in the Word of God, prayer (intercession), leadership, honor, and world-altering missions. They long to return to historic Christianity and to create an environment at Ellerslie that fosters the development of the next generation of heroic Christians like Hudson Taylor, George Müller, Amy Carmichael, Vibia Perpetua, Gladys Aylward, and C.T. Studd. Since its beginning, Ellerslie has discipled over a thousand men and women from around the world.
I currently perform the following roles at Ellerslie Mission Society:
- director of the Advanced Training Program for Ellerslie Discipleship Training
- director of communications for Ellerslie Mission Society
- pastor of discipleship at the Church at Ellerslie
- director of the annual Bravehearted Man Conference
- and I work with Eric Ludy to launch Bravehearted.com as well as Ellerslie Press (a book publishing company)
I have a passion for Biblical training and discipleship, and over the last decade I have been a guest speaker at many churches, youth retreats, camps, and Christian conferences around the country. See my speaking schedule here.
I also have a desire to see strong, honorable, and godly masculinity and femininity return to this world. As such, I have the joy of mentoring young men from around the country in masculinity, purity, Biblical truth, victory and freedom over sin, and daily Christian living.
In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and playing disc golf, and I’ve been trying to find enjoyment in jogging. I love to laugh, listen to soundtrack music, and drink sweet tea, and I have a servant’s heart that loves to be spilled and spent for King and kingdom.
I started writing on my personal blog NRJohnson.com back in 2009, which eventually became deeperChristian as my enthusiasm to teach believers (about the victorious Christian life, about how to study the Bible, and about the importance of absolute surrender to, total dependency upon, and continual abiding in Jesus Christ) increased to a near obsession.
I also took my huge collection of incredible Christian quotes from history and began releasing them on deeperChristian Quotes (you should check it out). We have released a quote every day since May 2011.
In short, I am a writer, teacher, and communicator who seeks to help Christians understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in the faith, desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Interested in a few random facts? Check out this post with 25 random facts about myself.
Want to know what I’m currently reading? Check out my bookshelf.