I was asked by Johnny Shelton, (Virginia Tech Football Team Chaplain), to write a message about him and his ministry at Virginia Tech on his website. I believe Johnny to be a great influence in my walk with Christ, so it was true honor to be asked to write on his website for him.
Here is the link to the website: www.vtchaplain.com
What I wrote for the website:
I met Johnny Shelton while I was a Graduate Assistant for the Virginia Tech Football Team. Johnny not only had and continues to have a major impact on my life, but it has been a blessing to see the impact he has on the Virginia Tech players, coaches, and athletic department as a whole.
Johnny Shelton is a man with a powerful heart and passion for the Lord. He truly knows how to allow God to lead his heart, to pour out love, and to bless his ministry to Virginia Tech Athletics. As a Graduate Assistant for the football team, I wasn’t a player, or even a coach, but Johnny still reached out to me and helped guide me and my life with Christ. He shows Christ’s love to everyone. Whether you are a freshmen equipment manager or the star running back, Johnny will love you and help guide you with his heart.
One of the best memories I have with Johnny while working for the team was a game day in 2008, playing on the road in Miami and I had gone outside by the pool at 6 a.m. for morning devotions. Johnny came out there and it really was the first time I feel we connected. Our relationship grew as I began to tell him about my life with Christ, and he would share with me the importance of taking the initiative to put Christ in every aspect of my life. Our relationship continued to grow, and Johnny would marry my wife, Morgann, and I two years later. These are the type of relationships Johnny is building, not only on the football team but with the entire Virginia Tech Athletic Department- relationships through Christ that will not only last while a player or coach is at Virginia Tech, but even when they leave.
I have been blessed to have Johnny Shelton as a part of my walk with Christ. He leads, listens, understands, and truly lives out God’s purpose for his life every day. It was not only a great pleasure getting to be around Johnny Shelton when I was at Virginia Tech, but it is with greater pleasure that I can say it is an honor to have Johnny Shelton as a true brother in Christ.
“Not that I have already reached the goal or am already fully mature, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus” – Philippians 3:12