Meet Michelle Johnson
Minister Michelle K. Johnson is a native of Charlotte, NC. Minister Johnson’s pronouns are she/her/hers and Chelly, as she is affectionately called by her spouse, Justin. She grew up in both West Charlotte and Northeast Charlotte. Minister Johnson graduated from THE Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Studies and a minor in psychology. It’s also the place where she met her spouse. They married two months before graduation. A few years after college, she and her then small family became residents of Macon, GA for 10 years where they attended a Messianic Jewish congregation for six years. In that time she participated on the Hebraic dance team, and she was a lay minister with Anna’s Heart—a pastoral counseling and healing ministry for women.
Minister Johnson was adopted by her parents as an infant. In 2016, she embarked on the illuminating and intense journey of finding her biological relatives. In doing so, she experienced loss and awakening. During that time she read a book titled “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying”, and discerned a call to career ministry. She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2020—the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic.
She has served as a chaplain resident and a palliative care team chaplain fellow at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist. Minister Johnson has developed and grown skills such as patient listening, intentional speaking, compassionate confrontation, and more. Minister Johnson is a member in discernment with the United Church of Christ. She is like the warmth of a crackling fire, although she is reserved upon meeting her. Minister Johnson is highly observant and deeply empathetic. She’s honest and understands the power in words—therefore hers are carefully crafted. She is deep belly laughter that brings aches, tears, and that which catches the breath. She is the artistic stroke of a paint brush, the lyrical lilt in a song, and the gratifying lines of number two graphite. Minister Johnson compassionately and appreciatively carries all of this in a black, cis, plus-sized, spiritually fluid body. She loves and is loved by her spouse Justin, their four children, and their Aussiedoodle Noodle Nova, who all live together in Winston-Salem, NC.