Jesse Johnston / Charity Lewis Clarke
Charity Clarke Testimony
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
Jesus Predicts His Death
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.
22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.
28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
Megan & Jesse Johnston
Jesse was born and raised in Knox, Indiana and came to personally know God through an amazing experience at a Passion conference. Ever since then, he has had an intense passion to serve God, other people, and the church. After working in a special education classroom for some time, he felt God lead him to become a teacher and Campus Administrator at a faith-based, alternative high school in Knox called the Crossing.
After 3 years at the Crossing, Jesse felt that his calling had changed, and began working a different job so that he could focus more on leadership in the church. He is on the preaching team at ELC and has pastoral giftings in caring for and shepherding the body. Megan is originally from Plainfield, Indiana. She moved to North Judson in 2014 after going through a 2.5 year battle with drug addiction. She has since been through treatment, graduated college, and started working in Valparaiso, Indiana where she coordinates a program that provides services to individuals in recovery from substance abuse and addiction.
Jesse and Megan met in 2014 and after Megan completed treatment, began dating. They were married in July of 2017 and are very much looking forward to continuing their involvement on the leadership team at ELC. They have a passion and longing to see as many people as possible experience the beauty and grace of God. They hope to be used by Him to allow others to understand who He truly is and to serve Him with their lives.