Mississippi's Johnson chosen for national post


Theon Johnson III of Sharon, a member of Canton United Methodist Church, was elected co-chair of the United Methodist Board of Discipleship’s Division on Ministries with Young People at the group’s recent meeting in Nashville. Johnson also serves on the United Methodist Student Movement’s steering committee.

“You are leaders of leaders, and we need all your voices,” said Johnson, a May graduate of Millsaps College. “Thank you for this honor.”

Violet Mango of Zimbabwe serves as the other co-chair.

Fifty-nine youth, young adults and adult workers with young people from around the world serve on the Division on Ministries with Young People. The 2004 General Conference approved the formation of the division to connect young people and those in ministries with young people to each other and the church.

The division models a global community with 17 representatives from 11 countries other than the United States.