The Man from Aldersgate

Date Posted: 8/22/2012

How much more vital of a congregation can you get than to have John Wesley in your church? First UMC in Quitman, Tx is doing just that in mid-September.


Mr. B.J. Johnston in the ‘guise’ of Rev. John Wesley - Late Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, Member of The Holy Club, Head of the Methodist Societies in England, Scotland and Wales, and Missionary to the Georgia Colony in the Americas will be performing a one-man show on Saturday, September 15th at 7 pm in J.O.Y Hall at First United Methodist Church, Quitman, Texas and Sunday, September 16th at the 10:30 am service. The church is located at 406 E. Lane Street just north of Brookshire’s on Hwy. 154.


Who is this robed man? After serving 13 years as a missionary with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), BJ Johnston and his family moved from Hawaii, where he served as the Director for the College of the Arts at the University of the Nations to Mississippi where he ministered at Belhaven College as Director of Development for the Arts. He has appeared in more than 50 theatre productions throughout America and is now performing The Man from Aldersgate, compiled from the actual journals of John Wesley by playwright Brad L. Smith.


David Middlebrooks, administrative assistant to the pastor, says “BJ is quite the dynamo! We saw him do this at a church in Tyler last year and are excited to host our own event for our congregation and the community in a few weeks. While he is in town he will visit the schools and host a drama workshop for us.”


First UMC Quitman is one of two Methodist churches in town and averages 200 in worship. “We are an active church,” adds David. “And another community oriented ministry we have every Saturday night is a Coffeehouse featuring talented musicians from the area. After expenses are covered, we donate the $7 cover charge to area charities.” For more information on the performance, see