Chris Johnson, Associate Pastor
Pastor Chris is a native of Alleghany County, just an hour from his current residence. He has fond memories growing up less than a mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway, where he would often spend time running or riding his bike. Chris grew up with one sister and two wonderful Christian parents. He found himself in church regularly with his family and grew up being influenced by three preachers, whom he loved dearly - Pastor Glen Killon, Rev. Everette Shaw, and Rev. Harold Wilmoth. After a tragic accident that took the lives of his two best friends, God began to deal with his heart. In a Saturday night revival service, under the preaching of Rev. Everette Shaw, Chris gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 15. Chris remembers trying to leave the sanctuary during the altar call but the pull of God was so strong, he could no longer say no to the love of Jesus.
Chris regrets the lukewarm and even prodigal years of his twenties, but is so grateful that the Lord, in his long-suffering, never gave up on him. Romans 8:38-39 were the verses that gave him renewed hope and are his favorite verses today.
In 1989, Chris was married to his wife, Tammy, whom he often says is the glue that has held things together and is his best friend on this planet. They have one son and daughter-in-law, Cole and Brooklyn, and two grand-dogs, Olive and Zeus.
In his late 30’s, Chris felt the call of God but ran from the call for years. His final excuse was ‘Lord I’m too old to answer this call’ and then, just a short time later, a good friend of his told him Moses was eighty years old when he began his ministry. Prior to answering the call to full-time ministry, Chris led the youth at Haymeadow Baptist Church before moving to Oakwoods Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and interim youth leader under the leadership of Pastor Robert Duncan. Chris says that the strongest influences for him since answering the call have been Pastor Robert Duncan, Pastor David Dyer, and Evangelist Craig Church.
In April 2018, Chris accepted the call from God and the people of Fairplains Baptist Church to serve as their Associate Pastor under the strong leadership and guidance of Pastor David Dyer. This decision was a turning point in Chris’s ministry and has opened many doors to serve. He loves missions and has been blessed to travel both domestically and internationally, sharing the love of God.
Chris is currently completing his degree in Ministry at Fruitland Baptist Bible College in Hendersonville, NC. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wilkes Prison Ministry and the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. Chris is honored to serve at Fairplains Baptist Church alongside Pastor David Dyer and looks forward to seeing God do even greater things in the days ahead. His greatest desire is to see Christians mature, many new believers come to Christ as the gospel is advanced, and to become more like Jesus every day!