Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

The power of prayer in politics

"The Power of Prayer In Politics" is the theme for the 20th anniversary of the First Baptist Church Minden Church-Wide Intercessory Prayer Ministry's Banquet to be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, February 9, in the church gym. Guest speaker, Mike Johnson, a nationally recognized litigator and legal analyst, is a champion for preserving American values and protecting communities.

Johnson practices law from his Shreveport-Bossier office. He has served as senior attorney and media spokesperson for national organizations such as the Alliance Defense Fund and Liberty Institute. ADF is a nonprofit public interest organization devoted to defending, protecting, and advocating religious freedom. He is founding Dean of Pressler School of Law of Louisiana College; and has practiced with many prominent law firms in north and south Louisiana.

Having been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U. S. Court Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuits, all Louisiana courts, and pro hoc vice in many other state and federal courts, Johnson has litigated and won many high profile cases defending religious liberty, sanctity of life, and marriage and the family in high courts across the nation. He has been the author of pro-family legislation for states and communities that has been upheld by reviewing courts.

Johnson also maintains a busy speaking schedule, speaking before tens of thousands in various settings. He has been interviewed and featured by dozens of radio and media outlet more than 1,000 times, as well working as a talk radio host and a conservative columnist. He has appeared on media outlets such as the O'Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends, Hannity and Colmes, CNN, BBC, TIME Magazine, and Citizen Magazine.

Johnson also provides legal consultation and representation for many state and local government entities and officials and many national organizations such as Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, National Day of Prayer Task Force, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and others. He is current legal counsel for the Louisiana Right to Life Federation as well as serving on board for many organizations, ministries, and community organizations.

Johnson and his wife, Kelly, are blessed with four children and are the recipients of the 2001 Champion for the Faith awarded by the Southern Baptist Convention. Kelly is also a popular speaker at women's conferences and events.

Other honors Johnson has received include: 2003 Honor Guard award by the Alliance Defense Fund; 2005 Faith, Family and Freedom award by Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., 2005 Family Gladiator award by the Louisiana Family Forum, 2010 40 Under 40 award by the Greater-Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, and Top Lawyer by SB Magazine.

Johnson received his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University where he received many honors.

His most recent project was organizing the first Life March held Jan. 25, 2014. Participants began at the Boardwalk in Bossier and walked across the Texas Street Bridge to Festival Plaza in Shreveport. Several thousand walkers participate in this event for the sanctity of life.

The Rev. Leland Crawford, pastor of First Baptist Church, invites the public to attend the Annual Intercessory Prayer Ministry Banquet and help celebrate this ministry's 20th anniversary.

"Mike Johnson is the real deal. You don't want to miss the opportunity to hear Mike and to hear about the work he is doing to defend religious freedom, sanctity of human life, and marriage and the family," Crawford said.






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