Love others the way God has loved you. -Johnnie Moore
News is spreading fast about Johnnie Moore’s recent appointment as Chief of Staff to Mark Burnett, producer of Son of God, Survivor and other television series. He has been succeeded by Dr. David Nasser, notable author, speaker and pastor. After 12 years with Liberty University Johnnie’s departure will leave a deep hole- especially given his enthusiastic personality and affectionate rapport with the student body.
Johnnie, you will be missed. Here are two things- no, ten things we will miss about you brother (some serious, some funny, all in love)
1) Your relationship with the student body
Johnnie was quick to smile, joke or encourage the students of Liberty University. Through his comments at Convo, sermons at Campus Church and intentional involvement with the students immediately following the Annex shooting, Johnnie was always there to pour into the lives of his students.
“My freshman year I literally almost bumped into him in Green Hall. He was carrying a brief case and looked like he was in a hurry, but when I said hi, he stopped to talk for a minute. He asked me what my name was, what I was studying, and how he could pray for me before he went on. I’ve always remembered that. He’s always been one of the most caring and genuine people in the LU Administration, and I will miss having him around.” -Sabrina Hardy; English, Graduate Student
2) Great Convo speakers
As VP for Communications, Johnnie scored big time with some awesome speakers for Convo. The range of speakers from different fields not only inspired students by their messages, but it encouraged students across the professional field to know that they can serve as advocates of the kingdom within their respective job fields. Not every institute can say they had Sarah Palin, Willie Robertson, John Piper, Christine Caine, Jefferson Bethke, Rand Paul, Jon Acuff, Ted Cruz, Josh McDowell, Clayton King Bob Goff and many more all within a single school year.
“I love Johnnie, I really do. He’s quirky (a good quirky), and overall a funny warm person. To me, he always cared deeply about Liberty and its students and did his best to better both. Of course, his “okay guys, I have two announcements” thing will always make me laugh (to be honest, I can recall more times when the announcements number more than two), but that’s just who he was. Gonna miss having Johnnie at Liberty.” –Brandon Nicholas Mitchener; Junior, English
3) Inspiration on Capitol Hill
Johnnie taught people what it meant to be courageous Christians. He was NOT silent regarding persecution against Christians in the Middle East. He served as an advocate for the persecuted Church a number of times to the Federal Government as well as international governments. Certainly the students and faculty of Liberty will note this heroic behavior and will aspire to reflect it.
“Johnnie’s passion for us at Liberty is something that makes me want to stay and continue to learn, but his passion for the persecuted Church is what makes me want to take what I learned at LU and apply it in the world.” –Joshua Philip Smith; Senior, Pastoral Leadership