Marshall Johnston

Executive Pastor

As a child I had wondered what made someone fit for heaven. At times I was troubled, trying to figure out the answer to the question. That question was clearly answered for me when I was ten years old, attending children’s church at the First Baptist Church of Stuart, Florida. That was when I heard the good news that the only person who ever lived who was fit for heaven was Jesus, and that by trusting in him, in his death for my sins, and in his resurrection, I could have my sins forgiven and have the assurance of eternal life. After placing my trust in Christ, changes really did not come for me until I entered high school, met some fully devoted followers of Christ, and began to understand what it meant for Christ to be the Lord of my life.

After high school I went to the University of Florida, where I majored in finance and went through the Army ROTC program. Upon graduation I was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army, and entered active duty.

Throughout the years in the Army I had sensed a growing call to full-time Christian ministry. Finally, after six years in the service I resigned my commission and began my studies at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since graduating from seminary in 1996, I have served in churches and schools throughout Texas as a music minister, youth pastor, senior pastor, seminary professor and dean. Along the way I also picked up a Ph.D. from Baylor University.

Having served at BT as the executive pastor since January of 2016, I have been blessed to be a part of an amazing staff serving a great church where God is working powerfully, changing lives as we glorify him.