Chris and Amanda started dating in high school and dated 7 years before marrying in 1998. They have three busy boys who all love baseball. Brett, 18, is a senior at North Iredell High School. Cole, 14, is a freshman in the ASEC program at North. Luke, 9, is a fourth grader at Central Elementary. Chris has always been in management and is the plant manager at Piedmont Composites and Tooling in Taylorsville. Amanda has been at Iredell Memorial for 20 years in the laboratory as a licensed Medical Technologist. Both attended CVCC and UNC Charlotte.
Chris was saved at 10 years old and attended East Taylorsville Baptist Church before moving to Iredell County. He was always active in their Awana program as a child and then as a leader when the boys attended. He has also spent time in the Prison Ministry that was available at ETBC. Amanda grew up in the Methodist Church where she was saved at 14 years old. Her mom made sure their family was always there every time the doors were open. Both have always tried to make church an important part of raising their family. The boys were also all saved at young ages. Brett went forward during a VBS event at age 9, Cole was tearfully burdened at home one evening after going through a book called "The Lamb" at age 6, and Luke went forward at the Power Cross tent 2 summers ago.
The Johnsons moved to Iredell County 4 years ago and began looking immediately for a church home. They looked for area Baptist Churches with sound doctrine and biblical teachings, along with an early service. After visiting WABC, they were familiar with Jeff Spry and his family from Alexander County. Jeff's father was Chris's elementary school teacher and later was Amanda's elementary school principal. One funny fact is that Amanda was having a troubled year in second grade when Mr. Spry was the principal. He got her out of class, spoke to her with encouragement, and she never had any more trouble in school. She has no idea what words he spoke, but they had a lasting impact.
In addition to being acquainted with Pastor Jeff, the Johnsons were very impressed with the solid biblical principles taught here and enforced here. "We were greeted right away with smiling faces and welcoming hand-shakes. We kept coming back to the church that felt like a new home.” They were used to a church this size, with excellent programs for any age and missionary mind sets. They made a commitment to join in July 2017. Amanda soon knew she wanted to find the women's ministry and join in. She attended her first women's retreat not knowing anyone there but by smiles in the hallway, but knew she wanted to meet new friends, mentors, and women of faith, all of which were found immediately. She was blessed to be asked to be the volunteer coordinator on the Daughters by Grace team and absolutely loves to share encouragement through emails and cards.
Chris and Amanda appreciate that the Word is taught here at WABC every Sunday and Wednesday by whomever is delivering the message. Their boys enjoy and learn a lot from the teachings and fellowship as well. The family looks forward to the future with Western Avenue with excitement and anticipation in what God will do next. The foundation here is solid and will continue to lead God’s people into new levels of His glory.