Profile submitted by the Rev. Roger Wolsey
Director of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Colorado
My name is Adam Russell Johnson. I am a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder, I am 24 years old, and am originally from New Jersey. I am studying theater at the University here. I have been active in The United Methodist Church for my entire life. I sang in the children’s choir when I was very young and went to Sunday School and continued to go to church right up until I started college in New Jersey. As I started college, I could not find a United Methodist church to attend, so I stopped going to church for two years, only going to my church at home when I visited my family.
Life brought me to Boulder, Colorado, as a student at this university and I began to seek out a church that I could again attend. I discovered the Wesley Foundation campus ministry. I attended a few Sunday services and suddenly found myself playing in the praise band. It was a joyful experience to lift up the Lord in that way. I’ve experienced this ministry in many iterations: Sunday services and weekday gatherings; Gospel choirs; serving those without homes; and participating in dinner group that meets on Thursdays.
Wesley and its members practice from Monday through Saturday what we pray and preach on Sunday. It’s a ministry of action, compassion, and love. That’s what is so appealing about it for me. It’s been a major source of support and love and light in my life, especially when I really needed it.
I have Cerebral Palsy and face some unique challenges, and my mother died a few years ago. The pastor and my friends at Wesley have made all the difference. I can honestly say that my life incredible! It’s so nice to say that I am active with a Christian ministry once again and I am so proud that I am a member of this Wesley Foundation in particular.
This story is part of a "Student Spotlight" series for United Methodist Student Sunday on Nov. 29. To learn more about United Methodist Student Sunday, click here.