Former White House Honor Guard to Come to WWU
Nov. 15 Terry Johnsson to Speak Veteran's Day Weekend
By: Jaci Shankel
On Friday, Nov. 15, Terry Johnsson, a former White House Honor Guard, will share his compelling life story at Walla Walla University’s evening vespers program. Johnsson, who was born and raised in the Northwest, will be coming in connection with Veteran’s Day.
As a member of the President’s Honor Guard, Johnsson withstood the rigorous training, and according to Kay D. Rizzo’s book, “For His Honor: From Schoolroom Failure to White House Honor Guard – Terry Johnsson’s Witness for Christ,” he also “succeeded beyond the military's highest expectations and won the hearts of his comrades for Christ by his living witness.”
Despite struggles with dyslexia, Johnsson became a member in the President’s Honor Guard, the first handicapped person ever to do so.
According to the homepage of the U.S. Air Force, “To be selected for the USAF Honor Guard means you are chosen to be the face of the Air Force to American and global audiences as you represent the Air Force in ceremonies, special events and performances across the nation and around the world.”
Currently, Johnsson is a pastor in Takoma Park, Md., and is the chaplain for WGTS, a Christian radio station in the Washington D.C. area.
No stranger to Walla Walla University, Johnsson spoke for Week of Worship in 2010. As campus chaplain Paddy McCoy says, “He’s had so many life experiences you just want to listen.”
Published Wednesday, Nov. 6