From the time of his birth, missions has been the chorus of Eric Johnson’s life. Born to Buddy and Martha Johnson, BMA missionaries to Mexico, Eric has grown up knowing the difficult yet joyous life of an international missionary.
Eric grew up in Mexico but began vocational church ministry as a youth pastor in the States in his 20s. In 2005, Eric became the pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Texarkana. God was about to change the Johnson family, though, turning their lives back toward Eric’s roots.
“I went to the BMA National Meeting in Joplin as a pastor,” he recalled, “and at that meeting I felt God call us to mission work. It wasn’t specifically clear yet, but at that meeting I planted a stake on my call to missions.”
Soon after the national meeting where God called Eric and his family to missions, God opened a door for Eric to serve as the Hispanic pastor at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Texas.
“We saw that as an opportunity to get involved with the Hispanic people,” he said, “and in 2005 we moved to Jacksonville. We spent a couple years there and began to speak to the Missions department about going to Mexico.”
In 2008 the Johnson family was elected to serve as missionaries in the nation in which Eric was raised. The theme of the Joplin national meeting still speaks to him and inspires him today, just as it did the day he surrendered to missions: “They Are Still Waiting.”
While in Mexico, the Johnson family planted a church in Pachuca, Mexico, El Alba Baptist Church. They stayed in Pachuca until 2015 and saw the birth of their children, who were raised in the Hispanic culture just as Eric was.
Today Eric Johnson has returned to the United States and will begin serving as the director of international missions for the BMA, taking the position as Brother Phil Knott steps down after his many years of faithful service.
“He will continue to serve in helping me adapt in to that position,” said Eric, “ which will be coordinating our international work around the world, continuing the vision of BMA Missions of sending missionaries and planting churches.”
Eric expressed that he was most excited about actually being a part of the international sending force of the BMA after having been blessed by the ministry of the BMA and its churches his entire life. He has been personally blessed in his family and ministry by BMA Missions, and now he is ready to work in a greater capacity in the department and help impact other people’s lives, just as his own life has been impacted.
When asked what his favorite “God Story” was from his time as a missionary in Mexico, he quickly knew the answer. He told a story of how, only through Christ orchestrating incredible events, a jailer in Mexico was saved. Visit our Facebook page tomorrow (facebook.com/bmaamissions) to read this incredible “God Story” written by Eric Johnson!