About us

About Layman Lessons

Layman Lessons Ministries began in 2000, by Founder, Director,  Minister Louie Johnston Jr. of Nashville, TN.

Layman Lessons acquired Welcome Baptist Church/Rescue Mission Inc in Shelby, NC, a Church the IRS approved as a 501c3 on September 11, 2001, with identical mission as Layman Lessons Ministries to form “Layman Lessons Church and Welcome Baptist Church”, registered with the Secretary of State in both NC and TN, operating under the EIN 56-2209129, as a Church serving in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Tennessee Church services were established weekly in January, 2001 in downtown Nashville locations, using a Mobile Stage, seating for 150 homeless, a Mobile Clothing Store on a school bus, and feeding a hot banquet meal after the Church service concluded…this all volunteer Layman Lessons Church Ministry Team has served Homeless and Hopeless constantly since 2001.

“Layman Lessons” began as a series of Christian books by Author Louie E. Johnston Jr., as “Lessons” straight from the Bible for every “Layman”. It grew from 2000 from personal ministry by Author, Founder, Funder, and Director Louie E. Johnston Jr.

Louie has over 30 years experience in Lay Ministries serving people with Addictions, Homelessness, and serious Mental Illness, a unique combinations of skills from the Spiritual perspective, but also is a nationally known expert in “best industry practices” in Behavioral Healthcare, then designing and implementing State of the Art computer systems that insured those best practices are followed.

Layman Lessons has 5 priorities for every Christian Layman, to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Preach God’s Word, Train Disciples! Louie invested 3 years in street ministry with Teen Challenge prior to Founding Layman Lessons Ministries.

His documentary “Operation Compassion,” seen on Fox network, interviews Homelessness on the streets in Nashville, TN.

Our sole Mission and Purpose is to be the hands and feet of our God Jehovah of THE Holy Bible, serving unconditional love to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Preach the Gospel (Good News), Train Disciples. Since 2001 we have done so in multiple cities and states, through our Rescue Missions, supervised shared housing, and through unique open air “Mobile Homeless Church” Street Ministries.

We also Preach the Gospel and Train Disciples internationally through our Streaming Videos on our websites, www.LaymanLessons.org and several Religious Education Programs websites.

We provide food to feed over 1 million meals annually to the Homeless & Needy in multiple states from our network of food donors, including fresh produce from Ken Jakes Produce network and our alliance with Operation Blessing International, the 700 Club program that has an enormous network of food donors nationally.

Layman Lessons…where nobody gets paid to do God’s work!