Johnny began preaching fulltime in 1968. He has served churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri. In 1982 he and his family moved to Kennett where he preached for the Slicer Street church until 1991. From 1993 until July 2016 Johnny served the church in Sikeston, MO. Along with his wife Linda, Johnny returned to Kennett in August 2016 to serves as interim preaching minister for the Slicer Street congregation.