New children’s minister new to children’s ministry


New Suntree United Methodist Church children’s minister Robin Johnson and wife Dessie greet existing and meet new children whose families came to check out program offerings at a July 11 block party

Robin and Dessie Johnson searched the country over for just the right opportunity, then moved lock, stock and barrel from their native Baltimore so Robin could take the job as new children’s minister at Suntree United Methodist Church. 

He replaced Rev. Rick Jones, who after a decade in the position, relocated with his wife, Lynette, a teacher at Suntree United Methodist School on campus, to become senior pastor of a United Methodist church in Central Florida.

“The position was perfect for me because as an ordained deacon, my mission is to help bring the world to the church,” Robin Johnson said at the annual block party July 11 at the church. 

It is his first time holding a position as children’s minister. The event, which called the community out for free music, food and fun to check out services offered, was right up his alley because families often choose a church for quality children’s programming, such as the signature offerings for youth at United Methodist churches, he said.

“I felt really good about it when I met with co-senior pastors Terry and John Hill and lay leadership.”

Like the Jones family, Robin Johnson’s wife, Dessie, is a teacher. Once settled in, she will look for a position at the elementary school level.

“I encouraged Robin to take the job, even though it meant such a huge change and relocation away from our three young adult married daughters, because it seemed they really appreciated him, and I felt that was very important.”

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