We are a Church with automatic IRS 501c3 approved status since 2001 yet exempt from IRS report requirements.
About Layman Lessons
We currently (2018) procure and provide $9 million annually in DONATED food (and bottled vitamin water) as God’s hands and feet, to relieve the human suffering of countless Homeless & Needy in Tennessee and 16 total states through our exclusive network of local and national food donors, including USA Produce Farmers, 700 Club, Feed The Children, Midwest Food Banks, among hundreds of food donors trusting Layman Lessons Ministries because 99.9% of every donation goes directly into the homeless & truly needy Americans.
In Nashville, TN we provide semi trailers and partial loads of DONATED food/drinks to those who feed homeless and truly needy, including Second Harvest Food Bank, Salvation Army, Nashville Rescue Mission, Feed America First, One Generation Away, countless Churches in dozens of cities in Middle Tennessee.
In the USA we provide semi trailers of fresh produce to faith based food banks in 16 states, most recently in Norfolk, Nebraska to the flood victims there rendered homeless in need of our disaster relief DONATED food and supplies.
Layman Lessons Ministries began in 2000, by Nashville Businessman Louie Johnston Jr., as Founder, Director, and when soon called of God into full time unpaid ministry became ordained Minister Louie Johnston Jr. of Nashville, TN, as Mr. Johnston quickly says “in spite of me, because I am of all men on earth the least qualified man to lead any Christian ministry.” Since its founding, all that God has done through Layman Lessons has been done with NO PAID STAFF, including Louie Johnston Jr. who has always been a primary donor, never taken a dime for personal use or gain.
Layman Lessons Ministries soon 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 outdoor Church services started weekly in January, 2001 in downtown Nashville locations, using a Mobile Stage, tables and chairs for 150 homeless, a Mobile Clothing Store on a school bus, and feeding a hot banquet meal of donated food from his network of local restaurants and food stores, after the Church service concluded…this all volunteer Layman Lessons Church Ministry Team has served Homeless and Hopeless constantly since 2001. After 12 consecutive years of Louie Johnston Jr. led weekly Street Church ministry feeding hot meals and having outdoor Church services, often in extreme heat and cold weather, over 8,770 documented Homeless souls had given their hearts to Christ, and less than 100 of those remained on the streets of Nashville, TN.
“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. (see www.LouieJohnston.com). Louie has over 30 years experience serving people with Addictions, Homelessness, and serious Mental Illness, a unique combinations of skills from the Spiritual perspective, but as an MBA is also a nationally known expert in “best industry practices” in Behavioral Healthcare, designing and implementing State of the Art computer systems for Mental Health organizations that insured those best practices are followed. (see www.BlueWingUSA.com)
Layman Lessons obeys God’s 5 priorities for every Christian, to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Connect with God, Train Disciples! Louie invested 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.
Layman Lessons’ sole Mission and Purpose is to “be the hands and feet of our God Jehovah of THE Holy Bible”, serving God’s unconditional love to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Connect with God, 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 Connect with God and Train Disciples internationally through our Streaming Videos on our websites, www.LaymanLessons.org and several Religious Education Program websites. (see www.PatriotPastors.org and www.AmericanConstitutionCenter.org)
Layman Lessons…where nobody gets paid to do God’s work!