October 25, 2021

Dez Johnston: Former Glasgow bouncer who turned his life around appointed Boys Brigade president

A Glasgow bouncer farmer who turned his life around after a overdose has been elected the new president of the Boys Brigade.

Dez Johnston, a designated Baptist minister and director of Alpha. ScotlandHe said he was “excited to be part of the BB’s work to advance the kingdom of Christ and to support his vision of experiencing the full life of young people.”

Before becoming a Christian, Days worked in retail during the day and as a bouncer at night in Glasgow – jobs that he previously admitted he only took to feed on “cocaine addiction.”

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After an overdose, Dez managed to transform his life from a “violent, love-free drug addict” to “a man who is happily married and full of love” thanks to his future wife. Met Fiona at the store where she worked during the day.

Fiona challenged her faith and because of this she read the Bible for the first time and went to church. After becoming a appointed minister, he joined Alpha Scotland as his youth coordinator before becoming director in 2018. He was also recently appointed Alpha Youth Director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

Dees, who succeeds Lord Leslie Griffiths as president, said: “It’s amazing to be part of the BB family as president. I’ve been working with BB for the last three years and I want to be involved. And I like to see what’s going on.

“I know I may not look like a president, but then what does a president look like?”

Jonathan Ellis, chief executive of the Boys Brigade, said: “I am delighted to welcome Dez as our new president.

“As a Christian youth organization, we are committed to strengthening our partnership with the Church locally and nationally.

Glasgow Times: Members of the Boys Brigade at a previous parade in Glasgow. Members of the Boys Brigade at a previous parade in Glasgow.

“We are confident that Daisy will be able to support this work and that we will learn from her international work experiences. Daisy has an incredible passion for the love of Jesus that is central to our work.”

After the challenge of the last 18 months, the UK and RoI’s BB Group are now resuming their face-to-face activities for the new academic year. You can find your nearest BB group at boys-brigade.org.uk/join.

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