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10 Things About … Kurt Johnston —

By Becca Haines

Created on 10/17/2019

CIY brings some of the most influential speakers from across the country to deliver Biblical truths students. The “10 Things About” series offers a behind-the-scenes introduction into the lives of these talented youth ministry veterans.

Here are 10 things you need to know about Kurt Johnston.

1. He’s served middle school ministry since 1988.

2. He’s the pastor to students at Saddleback Church in Southern California, one of the largest churches in the U.S.

3. He’s written and co-authored A LOT of books, and they’re all about youth ministry.

4. He loves to go camping with his wife, Rachel, and their two teenagers, Kayla and Cole. He said the best moments are when they’re all sitting around the firepit.

5. He was in a television public service announcement as a toddler. He waddled from one set of adult hands to another – it was so adorably impressive!

6. If it’s a fruit, Kurt likes it.


7. He went on a spring break mission trip his sophomore year of college to England and stayed behind by himself for two weeks to attend a religious education class. He said during that time he felt a very strong call to vocational ministry.

8. Kurt said to be a Kingdom worker means you’re “blessed to be a blessing.” “It’s about using the resources and talents God has given to benefit others and make a dent for the Kingdom,” he said.

9. Kurt said oftentimes some of our greatest victories are followed by our darkest moments. He learned that from the Biblical story of Elijah. One moment, God uses Elijah's faith to set the stage for the miracle on Mount Carmel, and the next moment Elijah is fleeing for his life and in a dark depression. Kurt said this story teaches us that being used by God doesn't eliminate us from struggles.

10. The most important message Kurt wants to tell middle schoolers this summer is: “When we step out in faith, God will step up!"