Living Worthy Ministries was birthed from the heart of a pastor who desired deeply to share the goodness of God’s Word with as many people as possible. The word worthy in Colossians 1:10 shaped the foundation of Living Worthy Ministries through the founder, Dr. D.J. Horton. The idea of "walking in a manner worthy of the Lord” gripped his heart and has provided a foundation for preaching, teaching, writing, and leading others to live worthy of the Lord. Living Worthy Ministries exists as a resource for all Christians to access biblical truth and foundations on which to build their faith.



An Alabama native raised in a pastor’s home, D.J. came to know Christ personally as an eight-year-old boy. His call to ministry became very clear during college. Growing spiritually but struggling with feelings of unworthiness to pastor people, D.J. began to really grasp the greatness of the grace of God. This revelation set his heart on fire to use his gifts of preaching and leadership to help others know and experience the amazing reality of God’s grace in Christ.

Dr. Horton is the Senior Pastor of Church at The Mill in Spartanburg, South Carolina. During his 20-year tenure of leading the church, Church at The Mill has been consistently recognized as one of the fastest-growing churches in North America. In addition to his pastorate, D.J. is a frequent speaker at FCA camps, NCAA and NFL chapels, and pastor’s conferences. An Alabama native, he earned a B.S. from Auburn University, where he was a member of the football team. He received an M.Div from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a doctorate degree in preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has been happily married for over 23 years to his wife, Laurel. They are proud parents to six children: Ty, Micah, Lily, Grey, Rhett, and Evy. When he is not preaching or pastoring, D.J. is a passionate outdoorsman who loves his time in the woods or the water with friends and family.

Thanks for visiting! I'm glad you're here. I pray this site will be a source of encouragement and guidance for you and that the sermons and resources you'll find here will help you follow Christ more faithfully. Together, in the words of the Apostle Paul, may we strive to live a "life worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Philippians 1:27).