John Ed Mathison has been a fixture in leadership for years. After 36 years serving as senior pastor of Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, John Ed and several close friends began praying about the next season of ministry. Out of those prayers came the formation of John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries. Since 2008, this ministry has grown and ministers to a wide range of pastors, leaders and world changers all over the globe. John Ed travels and speaks to groups of leaders, sharing with them the best leadership practices that he has developed over the last 45 years. Journey Magazine recently sat down with John Ed to pick his brain on leadership and the new generation of emerging leaders. 

Thursday, 06 June 2013 12:55

When It Looks Like God Has Failed Us

Written by Chris Chambers

We are told that God is faithful, that he always keeps his promises. As long as our experience of God lines up with such beliefs, all is well. But what if it appears that God has not kept his word? Or what if he fails to meet certain expectations that we had of him as the all-powerful God of love?

Situated on 22 acres of beautiful wooded land outside of Wetumpka, Adullam House has been called one of the best-kept secrets in the River Region. It’s here where children of incarcerated parents find a safe haven and are provided with an opportunity many children in situations like theirs have not been given. 

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:11

Connecting with Your Children

Written by H. Kent Hughes, Psy.D.


Do you feel the pressure and obligation to raise Godly children in a godless society?  We place our children in private schools.  We home school them.  We involve them in church youth groups.  We parent them with Christian values and do our best to train, protect, and guide them through the maze of childhood and adolescence.  All these decisions are an attempt to give them what they need to face this culture and take a stand for what is right.  I would like to suggest one other priority that will empower your children into a healthy adulthood. 

Monday, 06 May 2013 13:13

2013 Vacation Bible Schools

Written by Staff


Beth left the retreat determined to follow through with the commitment she made to go to bed earlier and get up early enough to have a daily quiet time. She also pledged to stop eating junk food and manage her time better.

When she got home, her laptop beckoned. She’d been away from it all weekend and really needed to check her emails. Three hours later, Beth had skimmed emails, tweeted about her weekend, posted retreat pictures on Facebook, and consumed a whole bag of cheese puffs.

Health care has become a much debated issue in our country, especially over the past five years. And while there are many different voices and programs offering their best efforts to help curb this growing issue, Medical Outreach Ministries in Montgomery is working to help those affected by the poverty that keeps them from getting the medical assistance they need right here in the River Region.


Jesus told his disciples, “The poor will always be among you” (Matthew 26:11). This same sentiment was also expressed in the Old Testament in Deuteronomy when the Lord spoke through Moses, “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brother and sister and toward the poor and the needy in your land” (Deuteronomy 15:11).

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:30

Freedom Through Forgiveness

Written by Carmen Falcione


Jesus states in Luke 4:18 that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him to proclaim liberty (freedom) to the captive and set the distressed, downcast, and downtrodden free.  This verse states Jesus’ work on the cross (His obedience in taking on our sins and the wrath of God); His resurrection procured for us healing and deliverance spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  The unbelievers are unaware of this, but sadly some of God’s children are either ignorant or negligent in embracing the totality of the work that Jesus purchased for us.

If you’re a single parent, you likely did not plan on becoming one. Even though your life looks different than you imagined, you can make the most of it—and of your kids’ lives, as well. You can be a successful single parent.



In 1984, inside a trailer behind Frazer United Methodist Church, Faith Radio signed on the air.


It had been nearly four years since a group of people realized a need to bring Christian radio broadcasting to Montgomery. After much prayer and persevering through numerous obstacles, the Federal Communications Commission finally granted their approval for a non-commercial radio license.


For several years, as I walked in my neighborhood, I saw a man who ran the same route I walked. Eventually, his pace slowed to a stumbling walk. Later, his steps were so labored I wondered if I should offer to get my car and drive him back to his house.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:59

From Melissa McKinney McInnisÖ

Written by Melissa McKinney McInnis

Clay and I have been married three happy months. With each day we grow more thankful for each other and God's big picture plan for our lives. We were blessed with a fairly seamless transition into married life and I truly believe it was the result of a constant awareness of God's role in our union.

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