Mark Raeburn Johnston
Mark Raeburn Johnston began his military career by enlisting in the United States Navy in 1973, subsequently becoming a Navy Chaplain in 1986 with assignments to 6th, 8th, and 10th Marines. He served as the Senior Ethics Instructor at the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (Fort Bliss, TX), and has deployed with the First Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division (Fort Hood, TX) to Iraq where he received the Bronze Star. Mark and his wife, Julia, made military history as the first married couple to ever co-host for the American Forces Network (AFN). Their live two-hour weekly program, Praise Patrol (2002-2005), was broadcast into 56 nations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He retired from Active Duty with the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014.
Ordained in 1980 by Charleston Heights Baptist Church in Charleston, SC., Dr. Johnston holds six earned academic degrees including two doctorates in theology and ethics. He was recognized with the Witherspoon Award by the National Bible Association (NBA) for Military ministry in 2008, and edited The Military Bible and The Manual for Spiritual Fitness which has been distributed to over 50,000 Military Service Members worldwide. He has published in the fields of New Testament, Ethics and Theology, and is currently writing for university and college textbook publication scheduled for release in 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Johnston is married to Julia Fletcher of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is the father of three children and has six grand-children living in Asheville, North Carolina.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.