Justin Mitchell grew up in Franklin, Indiana, about 25 miles south of Indianapolis. Family has always been important to him. Justin’s mother is the person who got his brother and him to attend church every Sunday. At 11 years of age, Justin accepted Christ as his Savior at the Independent Fundamental Baptist church. Even while attending public high school, Justin began to feel called to the ministry.
We are all shaped in some way by our environment and circumstances, and Justin is no different. Despite family challenges and his parents’ eventual divorce, looking back he sees that these and other events allowed him to see what was most important in his life and to have the vision for End Time Watchman.
After high school, Justin attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida. He received his Bible degree in 2004 with a Pastoral Ministries major and a Biblical Language minor.
It was during college that Justin faced a turning point in his beliefs. Just after 9/11 he spent a lot of time reading and studying the Bible. Justin began to question an important tenet of his church, which taught a “pre-tribulation rapture”. This means Christ will come and gather up the church before the last 7 years of the world. However, there are other churches that believe in “post-tribulation rapture” and as Justin read the Bible concerning this prophecy, he began to feel the Holy Spirit talking to him. After reading and rereading multiple verses he began to believe that Christ will return immediately after the tribulation and those who are dead will be resurrected first. Then those living believers will be raptured with Christ and will be with Him forever.