Grant Johnston, the back-up weatherman with Channel 4, finished his last day on the job Sunday night. He allegedly left the Oklahoma City news channel because he was fed up with Mike Morgan always asking him to “show some balls“ every Friday.
Just kidding, he left so that he can attend the Dallas Theological Seminary. We know this because he blogged about it:
It’s hard to describe how I feel right now. Bittersweet. I turned in my resignation today at KFOR. (My last day will be in August). I have made the decision to attend Dallas Theological Seminary in the fall full-time.
It has been a difficult decision. I couldn’t have asked for anything more at KFOR. It has been an amazing experience over the past seven years. I will especially miss the people. So why am I leaving? Well, it’s this “call” that just won’t go away. I have tried to suppress it, but it keeps coming back. I wish I could say that I clearly heard God in a loud, audible voice say “Go to seminary.” But I haven’t. I would describe it more as a gentle nudge. -A persistent gentle nudge. I am convinced now is the time to take the leap of faith. Am I scared? YOU BET! But I don’t want to look back and have regrets.
This is probably a good thing. In all honesty, I was never too comfortable with Grant Johnston being such a devout Christian and weatherman. I was always kind of worried that it may effect his weather reporting. Here’s a snippet from a post I wrote back in September of 2007.
You see, just like my thought that it is a bad idea for one of our weathermen to get drunk and wear a Superman shirt underneath his suit, I think it’s a bad idea for a weatherman to be a fanatical Jesus freak. I mean can you imagine what might happen if some F5 tornado comes blasting towards the city while Mike Morgan is in rehab? Grant might freak out and say it’s the end of the world, and that we’re all going to die. And then he’ll pull out a keyboard, play some hymns and tell old softball stories to calm everyone down before our apocalyptic hell.
Since that scenario is a possibility, and because Grant writes about himself in third-person, I really think I’m going to stick with Gary England for my severe weather coverage. For one, he’ll always let us know that it’s okay. And two, why watch a guy who’s obsessed with God, when you can watch God himself!
I wrote all that after stumbling upon Grant’s personal website, GrantJohnston.com. When I first visited the site, I was greeted by deafening thunder sound effects, lightning flashes, purple darkness and the silhouette of the cross. Now when you visit GrantJohnston.com you see something different. You see a picture of a blonde school girl wearing a back pack. And this guy is going to a seminary?
Anyway, we wish Grant all the best on his new endeavor. Hopefully, he’ll someday write us confidential, off the record emails about what type of cape Mike Morgan wears around the office, if Bob Barry Jr. secretly installed peep holes in the women’s bathroom, and whose idea this thing was. Inquiring minds want to know.
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