Johnson chose to reveal his identity as the author of BarelyAdventist at an emotional Oakwood University-based event. As he accepted a trophy recognizing a gift of $550,000 to the Oakwood University and church, Johnson said he was not only happy to make the gift, but also had enjoyed putting his writing skills to use as a secret blogger.
Raised by a Seventh-day Adventist mother and a Baptist father, Johnson said that he had often mulled how best to celebrate his Adventist heritage. “In addition to this gift to Oakwood I considered starting basketball scholarships at Adventist colleges, but none of them are any good at it,” said Johnson. “So I thought anonymously cracking Adventist in-jokes was the next best thing.”
Johnson said after running the site for a little more than two years, he was relieved to see that at least a handful of Adventists do have a funny bone. “If your faith can’t take a few jokes then it probably isn’t ‘Hebrews Hall of Fame’ material.”